BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship Bremen/Delmenhorst, Germany

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October 28, 2015
Subject Fields: 
Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology

The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship is an international researcher mobility program offering a 6-month research stay at two renowned academic institutions in social sciences: The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, being one of Germanys leading institutes for advanced study, is a foundation of the federal states of Bremen and Lower Saxony and the city of Delmenhorst. The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen supported by the German Excellence Initiative. The program supports excellent research of outstanding scholars. Fellows benefit from exceptional intellectual and research conditions. They enjoy both the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars and a graduate school with an outstanding faculty, innovative teaching concepts as well as an international body of bright Ph.D. postdoctoral students.

We expect our visiting fellows to participate in regular activities of the HWK and to engage in doctoral education/supervision at BIGSSS including teaching a minimum of one course and taking actively part in the regular research colloquium. Presence at both institutes is expected. The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship offers financial support, accommodation and partial reimbursement of travel expenses.

The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship welcomes applications worldwide from promising, experienced postdoctoral scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. The integration of most major social-science disciplines into one school is a key asset of BIGSSS, its umbrella theme being “Changing Patterns of Social and Political Integration“(find out more at Applicants holding a Ph.D. either in Political Science, Sociology, Psychology or one of the neighboring disciplines (law, history, economics) need to be able to relate to BIGSSS’ research program.

Application and Deadline

Application material to be submitted includes a research exposé (max. 4 pages), an abstract (max. 1500 characters), an academic CV and a publication list plus one publication. We expect our applicants to have acquired a minimum of two years of professional experience in postdoctoral positions including teaching on undergraduate and graduate level. We also expect a publication list with peer-reviewed entries in renowned international journals. The most recent one of these articles should be attached as a pdf. For more information concerning the application requirements please visit


Contact Info: 

Please send your applications via email to BIGSSS’ Managing Director, Dr. Christian Peters ( and HWK’s Research Manager for the Social Sciences, Dr. Susanne Fuchs ( The deadline for applications is October 28, 2015. Late applications will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted until November 30, 2015.The Fellowship is scheduled for the winter term 2016 (September 2016 - February 2017).


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