Leo Baeck Fellowship Program 2017/18

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February 1, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies, Literature, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, European History / Studies, Philosophy

Aim of the Programme

The international Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme awards fellowships to doctoral students who carry out research into the history and culture of Central European Jewry. We welcome projects on any period or field (including literature, philosophy, history, musicology), and any region (such as Europe, Israel, the Americas), as long as they relate to German-speaking Jewry. In addition to financial support for one year, the programme offers an opportunity to exchange ideas and to network. It is open to doctoral candidates of any nationality, studying at any university. All  fellows remain at their home institution, but get together for two workshops which are jointly organised by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Leo Baeck Institute London.



  • University degree(s) with outstanding marks
  • Date of latest degree not before February 2014
  • Formal qualification for doctoral studies
  • Research project focussing on the history and culture of Central European Jewry 


Programme schedule

Up to twelve fellows will be selected for the programme in the academic year 2017/18. The fellowships run from October 2017 to September 2018. Regular workshops and a common intranet will support scholarship holders in presenting their research and discussing methodologies and findings with other fellows. Working languages are German and English. After the first year, students enrolled at a university in Germany may apply for an extension, provided that the Studienstiftung has funding available. 



Fellows receive a stipend of 1,350 EUR per month, generally supplemented by a monthly research allowance of 100 EUR. For research trips and conference participation monthly supplements and travel allowances are available on application. Tuition fees are not covered. 



Candidates are invited to submit the following documents in English or German:

  • Application form (download from the website http://www.studienstiftung.de/leo-baeck/?view[detail]=1&cHash=dc5048e0d8...)
  • Cover letter outlining the motivation for participation in the programme (1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae with details on education, general interests and language skills
  • Photocopy of university degree(s), including marks/grading
  • Research proposal (5 pages)
  • Research schedule for the academic year 2017/18, including planned research trips
  • Letter of recommendation by the supervisor of the PhD project
  • Second letter of recommendation

The deadline for application is the 1st February 2017.

We accept applications by e-mail (as a single pdf document please, including the letters of recommendation) or conventional mail. Only complete application sets will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview in Frankfurt/M. in May 2017. 

Contact Info: 

Dr Matthias Frenz
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Ahrstrasse 41, 53175 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 228 82096-283
Fax: +49 228 82096-203

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