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September 11, 2018
Doctoral Candidate / Ph.D.
No citizenship requirements, or non-specified
Anthropology / Economics / Geography / History / Political Science / Sociology
Volkswagen Stiftung - Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities
In addition to the stipend, the fellowship includes: international health insurance,
visa, travel expenses (two return flights US-Germany-US), conference participation (preferably) in
Europe, and a rent subsidy (1,000 Euros per month). Fellows can also apply for funds to cover small
technical equipment (limited to up to 5% of the total budget), consumables (research and work-related),
Fellowships are typically from 9-12 months. To be eligible, applicants
should have finished their PhD after October 1st, 2013. PhD must be completed by the time of application (i.e. by September 11th, 2018).
Please also note that, to be eligible under this scheme, candidates must have been based in the
US for at least two years directly prior to the application.
These postdoctoral fellowships in the Humanities are jointly offered by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and the Volkswagen Foundation. They aim at enabling postdoctoral researchers currently
based at academic institutions in the U.S. to spend some time conducting studies at universities
or research institutes in Germany. These studies can either be undertaken at a university or research
institute of the candidate’s choice or at a cooperating institute (listed below). Through these fellowships, junior scholars are offered a chance to: pursue research in the Humanities in an international environment; take advantage of interdisciplinary scholarly discussion and build research networks; use local libraries, archives, and other facilities, and attend international conferences, symposia,
etc.; gain experiences in a non-American university system by teaching courses, depending on the
opportunities offered by the respective host institution.
As noted, candidates can either choose a host institution independently or select one of the cooperating
institutes listed on the webpage. Candidates who apply for a fellowship at an institution not listed below
have to provide a letter from this institution confirming its support of the application and its willingness
to host the fellow. Please note that choosing an institution different
from those cooperating with the Foundations has no effect on the prospects for success.
Last Updated On: 2018-02-23