2017-18 Rachel Carson Center Fellowships for International Scholars in Germany, and applications are submitted till 31 January 2017. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society is awarding writing fellowships to postdoctoral and senior fellows from a variety of countries and disciplines. Fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major research project, to attend the weekly lunchtime colloquium and to present their research at the center. Applicants’ research and writing should ideally pertain to the central theme of the RCC -transformations in environment and society. Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. Full details:
School(Institutions/ Country): | Germany
Level: These are writing fellowships. Fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major research project, to attend the weekly lunchtime colloquium and to present their research at the center.
Field(s): Applicants’ research and writing should ideally pertain to the central theme of the RCC -transformations in environment and society.
Deadline: 31 January 2017
Funded By: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (launched by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research)
Beneficiaries(Target Groups): 2017-18Rachel Carson Center Fellowships are targeted for Scholars from around the world
‣ Award No: Not Specified
‣ Scholarship Duration: 2017-18
Rachel Carson Center Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months.
All successful applicants should plan to begin their fellowship between 1 September 2016 and 1 December 2017 ; it will not be possible to start a fellowship awarded in this round at a later date.
RCC will pay for a replacement of the successful candidate at his or
her home institution; alternatively it will pay a stipend that is
commensurate with experience and current employment. Fellowship
funding is determined and negotiated on an individual basis between
each fellow and the directors. The amount depends on numerous
factors, including the fellow’s current salary level, their
level of experience, the number of people (partners, family members)
accompanying the fellow, the duration of the fellowship, and the
continuation of funding from their home institution. Fellows can
either keep their salary—in this case the Carson Center replaces
the salary at the fellow’s home institution—or they receive their
own separate fellowship. Initially, fellows will be asked to classify
themselves and make a suggestion for fellowship funding based on
their current situation. It may serve as a point of orientation that
the gross basic income of a chair at Bavarian universities is 64,000
euros, that of a tenured associate professor is around 52,000 euros,
and that of a tenure-track junior professor (with one or two book
publications) is 46,000 euros per annum.
‣ The 2017-18 Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2015–16 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows.
Carson Center Fellowships program, directed by Christof Mauch (LMU
Munich) and Helmuth Trischler (Deutsches Museum) is designed to bring
together excellent scholars who are working in environmental history
and related disciplines.
‣ The center will award 2016-17 Rachel Carson Center Fellowships to scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should ideally pertain to the central theme of the RCC – transformations in environment and society.
at the RCC is concerned with questions of the interrelationship
between environmental and social changes, and in particular the
reasons—the social, political, cultural, and environmental
factors—behind these transformations.
concept of “transformations” gives us an adjustable lens that
allows us to keep in our sights a vast range of changes—from the
quick adjustments in human behavior that interest sociologists to the
gradual changes over millennia that are central for geologists and
climatologists, and of course the short- and long-term shifts that
fascinate historians and philosophers.
Carson Center offers three types of fellowships: Carson
Fellowships, Carson Interdisciplinary Fellowships and Carson
outreach fellowship is intended for candidates whose work promotes
public engagement with the topic of transformations in
environment and society. They invite applications from
documentary filmmakers and writers in particular.
‣ Scholars from the humanities should apply together with scholars from the sciences or field practitioners with the purpose of authoring a collaborative project.
‣ All members of the collaboration should plan to be in residence in Munich at the same time; alternately, a humanities scholar who is collaborating with someone at LMU Munich (or at another Munich institution) can also apply for an interdisciplinary scholarship.
Selection Criteria for 2016-17 Rachel Carson Center Fellowships
‣ The selection of fellows is based on the strength of his or her proposal.
‣ Other factors, however, such as diversity of the disciplines, the range of national backgrounds, the coherence of the group, and gender balance are also taken into account.
‣ Decisions about the fellowships will be announced in mid-May 2017.
Scholarship Application Method
All successful applicants should plan to begin their fellowship between 1 September 2017 and 1 December 2018; it will not be possible to start a fellowship awarded in this round at a later date. Decisions about the fellowships will be announced in mid-May 2017.
Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. The RCC will pay for a teaching replacement of the successful candidate at his or her home institution; alternatively it will pay a stipend that is commensurate with experience and current employment and which also conforms to funding guidelines.
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2017. Applications must be made in our online portal. The application portal will be open from 1 January - 31 January 2017. It closes at midnight (Central European Time) on 31 January.
Candidates are welcome to apply for more than one type of fellowship. In such cases, the candidate should submit a new application for each fellowship type. If successful, the candidate will only be awarded one fellowship.
The application should discuss the RCC’s core research theme “transformations in environment and society” in their project description or the cover letter and should include the following:
Please note that in order to be eligible for all fellowships except the outreach fellowships, you must have completed your doctorate by the application deadline (31 January 2017).
Scholars already based in the greater Munich area are not eligible.
You may write your application in either English or German; please use the language in which you are most proficient. You will be notified about the outcome of your application by mid-May 2017.
Related Links2017-18 Call for Fellows (98 KByte)
‣ Scholarship Applications are due on 31 January 2017.
‣ 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.