Opportunity for Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities in U.S. and Germany

Category: Grants | Posted on: Monday, April 23, 2018

27 Days Left
USA and Germany
Fully Funded


These postdoctoral fellowships in the Humanities are jointly offered by the Andrew W. Mellon Foun-dation and the Volkswagen Foundation. They aim at enabling postdoctoral researchers currently based at academic institutions in the U.S. to spend some time conducting studies at universities or research institutes in Germany. These studies can either be undertaken at a university or research institute of the candidate’s choice or at a cooperating institute (listed below). The fellowships are usually granted for a period of 9 to up to 12 months. In exceptional cases, a funding period of 18 months is also possible. Through these fellowships, junior scholars are offered a chance to

  • pursue research in the Humanities in an international environment,
  • take advantage of interdisciplinary scholarly discussion and build research networks,
  • use local libraries, archives, and other facilities, and attend international conferences, symposia, etc.,
  • gain experiences in a non-American university system by teaching courses, depending on the opportunities offered by the respective host institution.


  • Fellowship: 2,100 Euros/ month; international health insurance, visa, travel expenses (2 return flights U.S.-Germany-U.S.), conference participation (preferably) in Europe
  • Rent/additional living costs: 1,000 Euros/month.
  • Fellows may also apply for funds to cover small technical equipment (limited to up to 5% of the total budget), consumables (research and work-related), literature, etc.
  • Foundations provide a maximum of 3,000 Euros for administrative costs for the host institution/department as well as a total sum of 10,000 Euros for a workshop to be organized by the fellow.


  • This call addresses promising young scholars in their postdoc research phase currently based at institutions in the USA, who seek to strengthen their research capacity in the humanities.
  • Scholars who work in an interdisciplinary field are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have completed their PhD after 1st October 2011.
  • Duration: 9 – 12 months for the A.Y. 2017/18. (Fellowship can be of up to 18 months ; in exceptional cases)
  • Starting month for a fellowship: August or September.

Additional Information

The Volkswagen Foundation can award grants to academic institutions only. For applications to insti-tutions other than universities and well-known publicly-maintained research institutions, please pro-vide details on the legal status, statutes, trustees and boards, charitable/non-profit status, and budg-eting and auditing of the institution to be funded. Please also include an annual report of the institution.
The selection of candidates is jointly organized by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in a two-stage procedure. In the first step, all proposals submitted to the Volkswagen Foundation are reviewed and assessed by international experts to generate a shortlist of candidates, who are then invited to present their proposed project at a review panel meeting in New York. This forms the second step of the selection process and the basis for the final decisions on the applications. The personal presentations of shortlisted candidates are scheduled for March 2019.

Further Query

Dr. Anika Haverig
Phone: +49 (0) 511 8381-237
E-Mail: haverig@volkswagenstiftung.de
Kastanienallee 35
30519 Hannover

Application Instructions

The deadline for applications is September 11th, 2018. Applications must be written in English and submitted to the Volkswagen Foundation electronically via the online application system (see “addi-tional information”, p. 8). Please note that financial commitments entered into prior to receipt of a grant letter cannot be covered.

Please make sure that your application includes the following documents:

  • Uploaded signature sheet (generated as part of the online application),
  • Cover letter (max. 1 page), clearly indicating the proposed host institution,
  • Summary of the research project (2,100 characters including spaces),
  • Research proposal (limited to 10 pages; arial, 12, 1.5 spaced, max. 17,000 characters excluding spaces), which includes the following:
    • description of the research topic (incl. theory, methodology, methods, etc…),
    • list of referenced literature
    • relation to previous research,
    • importance for intended career,
    • expectations with respect to the stay at the proposed host institution and benefits of the stay,
    • a preliminary workshop topic/description,
    • a topic for a course to be offered to undergraduate/graduate students, including a preliminary course syllabus, if applying to an institution where teaching is possible.