2015-2017 Lichtenberg-Kolleg Early Career Fellowships for International Researchers, Germany

2015-2017 Lichtenberg-Kolleg Early Career Fellowships for International Researchers, Germany , and applications are submitted till 2nd March 2015. Lichtenberg-Kolleg -Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences is offering up to 12 early career fellowships for 22 months beginning in October 2015 and ending in July 2017. Early Career Fellows will also have the opportunity to teach at undergraduate level. All fellowships are open to candidates who have received a doctorate within the last 6 years. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | Germany

Level: postdoctoral research program

Field(s): Early career scholars are invited to join one of the research groups for the study of either: Globalising the Enlightenment: Knowledge, Culture, Travel, Exchange and Collections or; Human Rights, Constitutional Politics and Religious Diversity or; Primate Cognition: Philosophical, Linguistic and Historical Perspectives.

Deadline: 2nd March 2015.

Funded By: Lichtenberg-Kolleg – Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Göttingen

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): 2015-2017 Lichtenberg-Kolleg Early Career Fellowships are targeted for Candidates of all nationalities

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

‣ Award No: Up to 12 Early Career Fellowships will be awarded.

‣ Scholarship Duration: The Fellowships are awarded for 22 months beginning in October 2015 and ending in July 2017.

Scholarship covers: The tax-free 2015-2017 Lichtenberg-Kolleg Early Career Fellowships consists of a basic grant of between 1.365,- and 1.518,- Euro per month (according to the University of Göttingen Guidelines for Research Fellowships)

-203,- Euro as a research and publication allowance per month

-600,- Euro per month as allowance for accommodation

-Where applicable, family allowances will be added to the basic grant

Family Allowance: There is a dependents allowance of 400,- Euro per month for the first dependent child living with the Fellow in Göttingen. For every additional child the allowance is 100,- Euro per month. Fellows are entitled to these allowances if they are not receiving any similar allowance from another source, and on presentation of birth certificates. A school or university certificate is required for dependent children in full-time education and over the age of 18.


The Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, invites applications for up to 12 Early Career Fellowships.

Opening its doors in 1737 Göttingen quickly established itself as one of Europe’s leading Enlightenment universities. Named after one of the most important and versatile representatives of the Göttingen Enlightenment, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg is an interdisciplinary research institute with a strong focus not only on the Enlightenment(s), but also on “bridges” between the human and natural sciences and on the study of religion.

In close cooperation with Göttingen colleagues a specific research team will be set up for each theme. The composition of each research group will be a mixture of Senior Fellows, Mid-Career Fellows and Early Career Fellows.

In principal, each research group will consist of three or four Early Career Fellows, two Mid-Career/Senior Research Fellows, four or five Göttingen associates and up to three affiliated Göttingen PhD students.


‣ 2015-2017 Lichtenberg-Kolleg Early Career Fellowships candidates are eligible during the six-year period following the successful completion of their Ph.D. 

‣ The Ph.D. thesis will have to be handed in before application and the Ph.D. defence should take place no later than 30/09/2015.

‣ Extensions to the six-year rule are allowed for applicants whose academic career has been interrupted for maternity leave or illness. 

‣ Please provide information on circumstances in the application. Successful candidates will be asked to provide supporting documents. 

‣ Göttingen graduates are encouraged to apply although candidates from outside Göttingen with equivalent qualifications will be favoured. 

‣ Candidates of all nationalities are eligible for the ECF. The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. 

‣ Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured.

Selection Criteria for 2015-2017 Lichtenberg-Kolleg Early Career Fellowships: 

‣ Fellows are selected on the basis of their research excellence and potential, their academic career interests, and the availability of Göttingen faculty to provide mentorship. 

‣ Research excellence is assessed on the basis of the candidate’s contributions (publications, PhD thesis, etc.) and other supporting evidence (i.e. letters of reference and research plan).

‣ Academic career interests are assessed on the basis of the CV and other supporting evidence (i.e. letters of reference). ECF will be assigned to those candidates, satisfying the research excellence criteria and who will benefit most from the ECF Programme, which is oriented towards the early stages of the post-doc academic career. 

‣ The capacity and availability of University of Göttingen faculty to provide mentorship is taken into account; however, while having common research interests may be helpful, it is not a necessity for mentorship.


‣ The selection committee will meet at the end of March 2015 and aim to inform applicants of the decision of the committee by mid-April. You will receive a positive or negative response or a communication informing you of your position on the waiting list.

Scholarship Application Method

The application for 2015-2017 Lichtenberg-Kolleg Early Career Fellowships should be sent (as one pdf document) directly via e-mail. It should contain

  • a cover letter;
  • CV and publication list;
  • research and academic career statement with the title of your research project;
  • Ph.D. degree certificate or statement that Ph.D. has been handed in. Two confidential letters of reference (also in pdf) should be sent directly by the referees or via a dossier service/agency to the same e-mail address.

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on 2nd March 2015.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about 2015-2017 Lichtenberg-Kolleg Early Career Fellowships


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