STIP: Thyssen@KWI Fellowship, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen - Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen (29.04.2022)

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Fellowship for the duration of 6 months from 1st of October 2022 until 31st of March 2023

The Thyssen@KWI Fellowship addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. It is most generously funded by the


International researchers are invited to apply as well as scholars of German nationality if they provide excellent international contacts and work experience. We are inviting research fellows with a completed PhD and several years of post-doctoral research expertise. The fellowship can be offered to applicants in all disciplines represented in the current KWI research agenda. The KWI (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut) in Essen provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space, technical support, and offers a library service, event and research management as well as support in all administrative and communicative regards.

Thyssen@Fellows will receive fellowship contract (not a full-employment contract) and a monthly allowance of 4,000 € (pre-tax) meant to cover rent, insurances and living expenses. We cannot provide additional allowances to cover school fees or related expenses. Travel expenses for arrival at KWI and for departure after the fellowship can be partially reimbursed.


  • Candidates will have a completed PhD plus several years of postdoctoral experience. We expect applicants to work on a project that differs from their PhD research.
  • International researchers are invited to apply as well as scholars of German nationality if they provide excellent international contacts and work
  • Candidates will have a strong scientific track record (including publications in respected international journals or other comparable publications; participation in and organization of international conferences). We welcome applications from candidates with a proven record of third-party funding and/or with experience in science communication and/or public humanities.
  • The fellowship should be dedicated to research linked to one or more of KWI’s focus areas and consistent with its interdisciplinary agenda. Various project formats are possible: You might devote your time in Essen to finishing a book or a special issue, finalizing a research proposal or setting up a research group. We also welcome plans to establish or substantiate collaborations with the universities of the Ruhr Alliance.
  • We expect the Thyssen@KWI Fellow to be present at the institute at least 4 days a week. The fellow will be expected to participate in entry and exit interviews.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is requested to actively take part in the ColloKWIum, lectures, conferences, reading groups and other academic events at KWI. Moreover, we expect the fellow to contribute to the KWI Blog.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is invited to actively take part in academic events at the KWI and will have the opportunity to design outstanding discussion formats with prominent researchers.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is not expected to teach, but always welcome to inspire our teaching laboratory with new ideas or participate in lecture series and seminars at surrounding universities.
  • Publications deriving from the time of residence should mention the KWI and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
  • Knowledge of German is not required since the Fellowship Programme relies on a strong command of English.
  • We expect successful applicants to begin their fellowship on the announced starting date (1 October). Apart from changes resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot accommodate any postponements.


We kindly ask you to apply in the form of one single PDF file (max. 20 MB) which must be submitted electronically to with the SUBJECT LINE: “THYSSEN@KWI-FELLOWSHIP”.

[Due to IT safety regulations, we cannot accept applications via links to external platforms.]

  • The application must be written in English and must contain a CV, list of publications and proposal sketching your KWI project (up to max. 5,000 characters for the proposal).
  • The application deadline is 29 APRIL 2022, 24:00 (MIDNIGHT, CET).We will not consider applications that are incomplete or submitted after this date.
  • Fellows will be selected by a committee consisting of external reviewers, the institute’s director and the Fritz Thyssen foundation. Interviews will take place between the end of May and the beginning of June. The final decision will be announced in June.
  • Further information about the application process can be found in the FAQS.

For further questions, please contact




Primary Category:Humanities
Secondary Categories:None
Posting Date:03/28/2022
Closing Date04/29/2022
Categories: Fellowship