ISRF-MPIWG Collaborative Fellowships in the History of Knowledge

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January 28, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Intellectual History, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Research and Methodology

The Indepe­­­ndent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) wish to support pairs of researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds to conduct collaborative research.

Closing date for applications is 6pm CET on 28th January 2022.

Researchers may apply from across the social sciences and the humanities. Proposals should investigate original research ideas and specify potential applications to real world problems, on regional or global scales. Each pair of scholars would preferably combine historical with contemporary perspectives on the sources and effects of knowledge formations, in scientific, humanistic, economic, social, technological, or environmental domains. 

The awards - of up to €40,000 per pair - are intended to provide a research stipend (to cover living costs plus reasonable research expenses) for a period of up to five months – with a core, mandatory period of four months commencing 1st March 2023 – for the purpose of working together on an interdisciplinary project, based in Berlin for the duration.

Only pairs of scholars are eligible to apply, and must apply together. Applicants will normally hold a full-time or part-time salaried position – which may be permanent or fixed-term – at an institution of higher education and research, though independent scholars are also eligible.

Each pair must represent two different disciplines and two different institutions. Applications from two countries or nationalities are also encouraged: one of the aims of this award is to facilitate collaboration across borders.

For more information - including guidance on eligible research - and to apply, please visit

Contact Info: 

Academic queries (including questions of eligibility) should be directed to Dr Lars Cornelissen (Academic Editor) at

Queries relating to the Terms & Conditions of award, or about the online application system, should be directed to Stuart Wilson (Administrator) at

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