Established scholars, promising emergent early career researchers as well as artists and cultural professionals are eligible for application. The most important prerequisites for a fellowship at HIAS are intellectual curiosity, an interest in other disciplines as well as openness to engage with topics and ways of inquiry beyond the confines of one’s own discipline. Ideal candidates are researchers as well as artists and cultural professionals who reflect the basic assumptions of their discipline and who work theoretically or conceptually. HIAS emphatically welcomes applications by early career researchers and emerging artists and cultural professionals. Since HIAS attaches great importance to diversity, applications from people who are located in usually rather underrepresented regions of the world are particularly welcome.

During their fellowship, the fellows live and work in Hamburg. Therefore, only research that can be carried out on site at HIAS or in laboratories of local cooperation partners is suitable as a project.

To ensure that the fellows enrich the Hamburg science location with their external perspective and expertise, researchers from within the metropolitan region of Hamburg are not eligible for a HIAS fellowship.

Currently, HIAS accepts fellowship applications of three to ten months’ duration for the academic year 2023/2024 or later. Applications for 2023/2024 may be submitted until 31 December 2021 via:

Please send us your application in english as a single pdf-file. An application should comprise the following documents:

  • Cover letter, including information about yourself, the desired academic year as well as possible academic cooperation partners in Hamburg
  • CV, including awards and other distinctions
  • List of publications (highlighting the most relevant publications for the intended research project)
  • Abstract of an intended research project (3 pages maximum)

By submitting your application, you consent to the processing of your personal data for the purpose specified in the application. This data will not be passed on to third parties.

Applicants should be internationally visible in their respective fields, give evidence of creativity and originality as well as willingness to participate in a community of scholars, scientists, artists and cultural professionals and, in the form of lectures and other types of events, to engage with the broader public in the city of Hamburg.
A candidate’s suitability is assessed by taking into account their previous individual academic or artistic performance, the quality of the submitted project proposal as well as the expectable contribution to the international and diverse cohort of fellows. The doctorate is usually required for fellows working in the humanities, social sciences and natural/life sciences. Very good knowledge of English is required.

Outstanding Level of Previous Academic or Artistic Performance

Relevant evaluation criteria are:

• Significant monographs
• Articles in first authorship
• Publications or reviews in relevant academic journals or arts pages and art journals
• Prestigious prizes and awards
• Memberships
• Exhibitions in renowned museums or art institutions
• Concerts or performances at renowned stages
• Influencing or shaping of public discourses etc.

The evaluation should take into consideration the applicant’s respective career level and – in the case of early career researchers – their future potential.

Assessment of the Research Project

Relevant evaluation criteria: The proposed project establishes new perspectives/ways of thinking and shows potential for connections with other disciplines. A suitable Tandem Partner in Hamburg can be identified (this is the responsibility of the Board of Members) and the project can be pursued in-residence at HIAS.

Internationality and Diversity of the Group

Relevant evaluation criteria: The applicant enriches the group intellectually as well as by way of her or his individual background and perspective.

The Research Center for Contemporary History in Hamburg (FZH) invites applications for one or two theme-based fellowships (from PostDoc level) for up to four months per year. Applications for the academic year 2022/2023 can be submitted until 31 December 2021.

This year’s theme is:

Urbanity and urban history in a contemporary historical perspective

The cooperation with the FZH offers fellows the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the academic life of both the FZH and HIAS. This includes public events as well as transdisciplinary exchange in internal colloquia. The collaboration thus offers the fellows as well as the two cooperating institutions valuable networking potential beyond their own respective disciplines.

Further information on the fellowship and the required application documents can be found here.

Please send your application in English or German as a single pdf-file via e-mail to

The admission criteria of the FZH and the HIAS apply.

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