Research Fellowships at the IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies University of Art and Design Linz
Research Fellowships are designed to support post-doctoral scholars early in their careers. Applicants must have a Doctorate or a Ph.D. at the time of application. Qualified scholars are eligible without regard to nationality, institutional, or departmental affiliation; although preference is given to qualified Austrian applicants. Duration and funding: Research Fellowships will be granted for one academic semester (1 October 2019– 31 January 2020 or 1 March–30 June 2020). Fellowships entail a maximum monthly stipend of € 2.325 (€ 75 per day), office space at the IFK equipped with electronic facilities including internet access as well as one-time travel costs to and from Vienna and free accommodation in a studio apartment (40 m2 ). The IFK will not contribute to retirement or health benefits.
General Criteria for Evaluation
A thematic link to the IFK’s current research focus on “Kulturen des Übersetzens / Cultures of Translation” is desired but not a prerequisite for application. The IFK will also accept “independent“ projects within the realm of humanities and social sciences unrelated to the present research focus. Applications may be submitted either in German or English. Applications will be peer-reviewed by the IFK's International Academic Advisory Board. A final decision will be taken in regard to the requirements of the yearly scholarly program.
The Board looks for four essential features in fellowship proposals:
- a well-defined and innovative research question
- a clear definition of the uniqueness of the work and/or the significance of the research to important theoretical and methodological issues in interdisciplinary culture studies and humanities
- a discussion of the work in the context of appropriate research done by international scholars
- clear methodological provisions that guarantee an interdisciplinary research focus
The IFK discourages proposals that are either exclusively theoretical or exclusively empirical in character. It supports projects that combine empirical investigation with thoughtful theoretical work. Research proposals that present a clearly formulated problem, demonstrate familiarity with the scholarly field(s), and develop an interdisciplinary methodological framework stand the best chance of approval by the International Academic Advisory Board.
Documentation required for the application
Please fill in the form and complete your application with the following materials. Please submit the whole documentation as one PDF file via e-mail! For technical reasons, the acceptance of applications that are not handed in as one PDF file cannot be guaranteed.
- The filled-in application form
- The research proposal (excluding bibliography), max. 1200 words (!)
- Core bibliography relevant to your research project (1 page maximum!!)
- Academic curriculum vitae/list of publications (5 pages maximum)
Please submit the whole documentation as one PDF file via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for preparing your research proposal
The reviewers appreciate legible, concise, well-organized material; they are not asked to read applications that are not clearly typed or that exceed the prescribed length. The IFK reserves the right to return unread applications that are incomplete or those that do not follow these guidelines. Guideline questions – try to answer the following questions while writing your proposal description:
- Describe your research question/hypothesis or research objective as precisely as possible. That is, what is the focus of your investigation? The formulation of a developed research question, hypothesis or research objective is an important characteristic of a successful proposal and should therefore be concisely done. Instead of presenting a vast research topic, applicants should develop answerable questions in the context of a larger research topic.
- How does your research build upon and go beyond existing scholarship in your scholarly field? The applicant should clearly demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the literature relevant to the topic of research and should indicate how the proposed research might advance previous work in the field.
- How – if at all – does your research proposal relate to the present IFK_research focus? Answering this question is compulsory for those applicants who do not submit “free projects” but research proposals within the research focus of the IFK.
- Which work program (methodology) is to be applied and which evidence will be assembled in order to answer your research question? Applicants are strongly advised to explicitly demonstrate that the methodological procedures proposed and the evidence collected will realistically support the research objectives expressed in question a.
- The goal of the IFK is to support original and innovative research in interdisciplinary culture studies and humanities. Please describe the interdisciplinary dimension of your research project. To be successful, applicants should emphasize the contribution of the proposed research not only to the specific area of research being addressed but also to the broader spectrum of interdisciplinary culture studies and humanities. Therefore it is important to precisely formulate the interdisciplinary dimension of the research project.
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