Outstanding resident scholars and researchers act as tandem partners in order to facilitate and ensure the fellows’ integration into the scholarly and scientific community of Hamburg. Thus, direct access to specific local research infrastructure, if desired, can be provided.
HIAS’ research profile is not limited by any specific disciplinary foci. A fellow’s research and stay is characterized by a maximum amount of freedom. Fellows are merely expected to spend the full duration of their fellowship on-site in Hamburg and to interact with one another, for example by attending the events organized by the Institute for its fellows. In order to allow its fellows a maximum amount of flexibility, fellows are appointed according to their own availability for either three, six or ten months. In order to facilitate ideal conditions for communication and cooperation with local scholars and scientists, HIAS would like to point out that the academic year in Hamburg usually runs from mid-October through the end of January (fall semester), and from mid-April through mid-July (summer semester).
The fellows are housed in Universität Hamburg’s guesthouse offering fully furnished apartments for single tenants, couples, as well as families of up to four people. All units are equipped with a kitchenette, a half or full bath and a WiFi connection.
The guesthouse is situated about half a kilometer (a third of a mile) away from an international railway station; Hamburg’s international airport is about a twenty-minute car ride away.
HIAS welcomes accompanying life partners and children of fellows. The HIAS head office assists fellows in finding suitable schools and day care facilities. Both the HIAS head office as well as the guesthouse are located in a leafy neighborhood adjacent to Universität Hamburg’s main campus in the city center with excellent access to public transportation as well as numerous playgrounds and day care facilities within walking distance.
Via his or her private workplace, each fellow has access to digital databases. Additionally, the HIAS head office gladly assists with researching and obtaining of literature and other media.
HIAS provides each fellow with a private workplace equipped with furnishings, a computer and a phone. IT-Services offer fellows individual service and support. Personal devices can be integrated in the network.
A fellowship’s chief value consists of the opportunity to follow one’s own research project unimpeded by usual professional obligations while enjoying interdisciplinary impulses and making many diverse new contacts. Nevertheless, a fellow’s stay at HIAS should not lead to any financial loss. The details of each fellowship will be determined in an attractive individual financial agreement that HIAS concludes with each fellow, taking into account each fellow’s unique situation regarding their respective career phase, home institution and country.
HIAS and its fellows reach out to the city's public through targeted events. In cooperation with the Körber Foundation, HIAS has launched in 2017 the annual conference “Hamburger Horizonte”, which offers the opportunity to engage with the Hamburg public in a conversation about new scholarly and scientific findings in a social context.
In order to encourage a continuous exchange of the fellows amongst each other as well as with the local scientific community, HIAS will conduct lectures and symposia for interested members of the public regarding research questions and findings gained by the HIAS fellows.
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Brinksma (chairman)
President of the Hamburg University of Technology
Prof. Martin Köttering
President of Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E.h. Edwin J. Kreuzer
President of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Lenzen
President of Universität Hamburg
Dr. Anna Neubauer (Secretary-General)
Chancellor of Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
Spokesperson of the Executive Committee
Professor Dr. Frank Fehrenbach
Frank Fehrenbach is a professor in the Department of Art History at Universität Hamburg, a position that arose from his appointment to an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in 2013. From 2005 to 2013, he was professor at Harvard University. Since 2018 he has served as co-speaker for the Centre for Advanced Studies “Imaginaria of Force” at Universität Hamburg.
Frank Fehrenbach received his PhD from the University of Tübingen in 1995 and his habilitation from the University of Basel in 2003.
Professor Dr. Lorraine Daston
Lorraine Daston has been a member of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science since 1995 and served as its director until 2019. She is a regular visiting professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and honorary professor of the history of science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Lorraine Daston received her PhD in the history of science from Harvard University in 1979 and has taught at Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis and Göttingen universities, among others.
Professor Dr. Jörg Hacker
Jörg Hacker served as president of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina from 2010 to 2020 and was president of the Robert Koch Institute from 2008 to 2010. From 2003 to 2009 he served as vice president of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
After receiving his PhD in biology from the University of Halle in 1979 and his habilitation from the University of Würzburg, Jörg Hacker was appointed professor of microbiology at Würzburg in 1988.
Professor Dr. Margret Wintermantel
Margret Wintermantel served as president of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2012 to 2019 and as president of the German Rectors’ Conference from 2006 to 2012. She was president of Saarland University from 2002 to 2006.
After studying psychology and journalism at Mainz University, Margret Wintermantel received her PhD in 1972 and her habilitation in psychology from the University of Heidelberg in 1986. In 1992, she was appointed professor of social psychology at Saarland University.
Dr. Anna Neubauer