Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship 2017/19, Germany

Publish Date: Dec 12, 2016

Deadline: Feb 12, 2017

Early Career Fellowships 2017-2019

The Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, invites applications for up to 10 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 the history of political thought.

For the period October 2017 to July 2019 we are inviting early career scholars 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:
  • Moritz Stern Fellowships in Modern Jewish Studies: Cultural, Intellectual and Literary History (in cooperation with the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities).

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.


The Lichtenberg-Kolleg's research profile is built on the attempts of the past years to focus on a set of main themes, or "umbrellas". 
Currently, five research foci that represent strong interests of the Göttingen faculties are taken up by the Kolleg. 

First, the interdisciplinary study of the Göttingen and European Enlightenment(s) within its wider Atlantic and Global Contextshas become a flagship of the Kolleg, named after one of the key figures of the Enlightenment, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799). Göttingen is not only associated with the Enlightenment's German manifestations, but also with the Enlightenment of other European and Atlantic regions and countries.  

The second research umbrella, namely the study of religion will remain a strong research focus of the Kolleg as the study of religion is rich and widespread amongst the Göttingen research campus. For the period 2015 to 2017 the research topic in this field will focus on Human Rights, Constitutional Politics and Religious Diversity.

Thirdly, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg fosters building bridges between the natural and human sciences. Göttingen University with its great strengths in the natural sciences and its rich traditions in the humanities and social sciences seems like an apt place for the reflection and reconstruction of the dialogue between natural and human sciences. Together with the German Primate Centre, Fellows at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg develop Research on Primate Cognition: Philosophical, Linguistic, and Historical Perspectives.

Fourthly, further interdisciplinary inquiry revolves around the divers methods and subejct matters of European Intellectual History / History of Political Thought.

Finally, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg received external funding and started a Fellowship programme together with the Fritz Bauer Institute Frankfurt on the Diaries of Anne Frank.

For each topic a specific research team will be set up, in close cooperation with Göttingen colleagues. The composition of each research group will be a mixture of Göttingen faculty, Senior Fellows, Mid-Career Fellows and Early Career Fellows – with a strong emphasis on the development of an Early Career Fellowship programme.

All Fellowships are open to candidates who have received a doctorate within the last 6 years.

Deadline for applications: 12th February 2017.
Further Information on the research groups and the online application portal will be available after 14 December 2017. Please check our Website again after this date.


Lichtenberg-Kolleg - Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Geismar Landstraße 11
37083 Göttingen

Tel. +49 551 39-10623

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