Foundation / Corporation
Volkswagen Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Fellowships to USA postdoctoral candidates employed at universities for research projects in the humanities fields at universities and research institutions in Germany. Funding is intended to strengthen global academic relations and allow researchers to take advantage of interdisciplinary scholarly discussions and networks. These studies can either be undertaken at a university or research institute of the candidate’s choice, or at a cooperating institute. The fellowship primarily funds projects in the humanities, but candidates from social sciences, with very close thematic relation to the humanities are also welcome to apply.
Through these fellowships, junior scholars are offered a chance to:
- Pursue research in the humanities in an attractive international environment,
- Take advantage of interdisciplinary scholarly discussion and 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.
The Foundation can only support projects in need of ongoing running costs in such cases where it is clear from the outset that on expiration of funding on the part of the Foundation, another party is prepared to assume such ongoing costs.
GrantWatch ID#: 160964
Funding can support up to 10-12 fellows each year.
Grants cover a postdoctoral fellowship (2,100 Euros per month) plus international health insurance, visa, travel expenses (two return flights U.S.- Germany-U.S.), conference participation (preferably) in Europe, and rent/additional living costs (1,000 Euros per month).
Fellows can 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. (Please note that non-personnel expenditure can add up to 10,000 Euros for a period of three months (i.e. up to 40,000 EUR for a fellowship of 12 months). In addition, the 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.
The fellowships are usually granted for a period of 9 to up to 12 months, although in exceptional cases, a funding period of 18 months is also possible.
The grants will be awarded for the academic year 2019/2020. In general, the starting month for a fellowship is August or September. Alternative starting dates may be arranged upon consultation with the host institution after a grant has been awarded.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply: https://portal.volkswagenstiftung.de/vwsantrag/login.do?siteLanguage=en
Dr. Anika Haverig
Phone: +49 (0) 511 8381-237
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