KWI International Fellowships for Postdocs in Germany

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen offers 6-month fellowships called KWI International Fellowships to outstanding researchers from around the world who are working in the social sciences, humanities, and cultural studies fields. Applicants must have a PhD in hand and up to six years of post-doctoral experience.

Host GermanyGermany
Host InstituteInstitute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)
Fellowship LevelPostdoctoral
Fellowship TypeMonthly Salary (4000€/month)
Fellowship Duration 6 months
DeadlineFebruary 28, 2024
Summary of KWI International Fellowships

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The KWI (The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities), Essen, Germany

An interdisciplinary research center for the humanities and social sciences, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, Germany follows the tradition of institutes for advanced study. KWI, which is based in the Ruhr Area, provides a setting for independent and cutting-edge humanities research as well as several chances for public involvement. The following fields of study are the current focus of research at KWI: literary and cultural sociology, cultural science studies, science communication, and public humanities.

KWI International Fellowships for Postdocs
KWI International Fellowships for Postdocs

KWI International Fellowships Details

The KWI provides a space for independent and innovative humanities study, as well as chances for public engagement and inclusion. The KWI currently conducts research in the following areas: literary and cultural sociology, cultural science studies, science communication, and public humanities. Future projects will focus on communication cultures and political involvement.


The applications for the KWI International Fellowships are being accepted from post-doctoral research fellows with up to six years of experience who have obtained their PhDs. Project ideas should speak to the research agenda of KWI. Researchers from all over the world can apply for the KWI International Fellowship Program. German nationals can only submit an application if they are currently working for an international organization.


A fellowship contract (not a full-employment contract) and a monthly stipend of 4.000 € (pre-tax) will be given to selected fellows. Rent, insurance, and other living costs are to be covered by this payment. It is also possible to receive a portion of your travel expenditures reimbursed for getting to and from KWI. Any additional travel costs, such as those connected with conferences, must be covered by fellows using their allowance.

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KWI International Fellowships Application Process

Once again, the KWI is seeking scholars for its ninth cohort of international fellows, which will be hosted for six months from October 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025.

  • Application materials must be submitted electronically to as a single PDF file no larger than 20 MB.
  • The application must be written in English and include a CV, a list of publications, a copy of your PhD certificate, and a proposal outlining your KWI project that is no longer than 5,000 characters.
  • Applications received after this deadline or that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration.
  • A committee made up of the director of the institution and members of the KWI governing board will choose the fellows.


The deadline for KWI International Fellowships applications is February 28, 2024, at 0:00 (midnight, CET). Fellowships for a period of six months beginning on Oct 1, 2024, and ending on March 31, 2025.

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