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Visiting Fellowships - Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology

CAS 04/01/2013

Visiting Fellowships - Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology

Every year, the BGHS invites four doctoral researchers (two each semester) from other countries to work at the Graduate School for four to six months to promote international scientific and cultural exchange. Visiting fellows have the opportunity to use their stay at the BGHS to work intensively on their dissertation, visit degree programme courses and build contacts to our scientific community. Fellows receive a computer work station for the duration of their stipend. The grant consists of a EUR 1,200 stipend per month. This amount will be supplemented by a child allowance if applicable. Upon application, travel costs can also be covered by the Graduate School.


All international doctoral researchers may apply who are matriculated in a doctoral programme and whose dissertation has a historical, sociological, social-anthropological or political science focus. German nationals may also apply if their tertiary education has been at foreign universities. The visiting fellowships further networking with scientists at the BGHS, therefore no prolonged archival or research trips should take place within this period. To ensure that your project fits with the BGHS profile, you should take a close look at the areas of research covered by the BGHS. You can find an overview of the areas of research and the professors working at the BGHS here.

Application deadlines

The application deadline for a visiting fellowship in summer term 2013 (1 April to 30 September, 2013; term in session 8 April to 19 July) is 15 January 2013. The deadline for applications for a fellowship during winter term 2013/2014 (1 October 2013 to 3 March 2014, term in session 14 October 2013 to 7 February 2014) is 15 June 2013. We suggest that most of your stay falls during the time that the term is in session.

Required application documents

Please submit the following documents:

* Letter of intent with a description of your interest in research at the BGHS. Please include the areas of research that interest you and two professors with whom you would like to build a relationship (400 words max.).

* Curriculum vitae

* Research proposal on a sociological or historical question (2,000 words max.)

* Work schedule and timeframe for your stay at the BGHS

* Letter of recommendation from your supervisor/ advisor at your university

All application documents should be either in German or in English. Please email them as one PDF file to: . The letter of recommendation can be mailed separately to the Graduate School. If you have any questions, feel free to ask Levke Harders at the above e-mail address.

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