Call for Applications: KWI International Fellowships

Deadline Date: February 28, 2024

 Donor Name: Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)

 Grant Size: Not Available

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) is searching for researchers to make up our ninth cohort of international fellows for a six-month stay between 1 October 2024 and 31 March 2025.

The KWI fellowship program is designed for excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. The institute provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space, technical support and offers a library service, event and research management as well as administrative and communicative support.

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen is an interdisciplinary research institute for the humanities and social sciences in the tradition of institutes for advanced study. Located in the Ruhr Area, KWI offers a space for independent and innovative research in the humanities and various opportunities to engage and include the public. Currently, research at KWI focusses on the following areas: literary and cultural sociology, cultural science studies, science communication and public humanities. Further projects are concerned with cultures of communication, among others. It is one of KWI’s main goals to find new ways of linking research questions, concepts, methods and theories of philology, cultural studies and the social sciences. They are dedicated to pursuing the interdisciplinary agenda through international collaboration. An important contribution to the scholarly and political work comes from the Academy in Exile, offering research space to colleagues whose academic freedom is threatened.

Funding Information

  • Selected fellows will receive a fellowship contract (not a full-employment contract) and a monthly allowance of 4.000 € (pre-tax). This allowance is intended to cover rent, insurances and living expenses. Partial reimbursement of travel expenses for arrival at and departure from KWI is also possible. Fellows are responsible for covering any additional travel expenses, such as those related to conferences, using their allowance.


  • The fellowship should be dedicated to research linked to the programmatic agenda of KWI. Various project formats are possible: You might devote your time in Essen to finishing a book or a special issue, to finalizing a research proposal or setting up a research group. They also welcome plans to establish or substantiate collaborations with the universities of the Ruhr Alliance.
  • They expect the fellows to be present at least 3 days a week. Fellows will be expected to participate in entry and exit interviews.
  • Fellows are requested to actively take part in the Colloquium, lectures, conferences, reading groups and other academic events at KWI. Moreover, they expect the fellow to contribute to the KWI Biog. They also encourage fellows to organize a workshop during their fellowship.
  • Fellows are invited to actively take part in academic events at KWI and will have the opportunity to design outstanding discussion formats with prominent researchers.
  • Fellows are not expected to teach, but always welcome to inspire the teaching laboratory with new ideas or participate in lecture series and seminars at surrounding universities.
  • Publications deriving from the time of residence should mention KWI.
  • Knowledge of German is not required since the Fellowship Programme relies on a strong command of English.
  • They expect successful applicants to begin their fellowship on the announced starting date (October1J. Due to the semester schedule and the design of the fellowship programme, the start and end of the fellowship are not negotiable.

Eligibility Criteria

  • They invite applications from research fellows who have completed their PhD and have up to six years of post-doctoral experience. Project proposals should address KWI’s research agenda. The KWI International Fellowship Program is open to researchers from around the world. German nationals may only apply if they are currently employed at an international institute.

For more information, visit KWI.

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