This fellowship program addresses postdocs in the humanities who wish to spend time researching in Germany or the USA.
Through its funding initiative "Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in Germany and the USA" the Volkswagen Foundation aims to strengthen transatlantic academic relations, especially in the field of the Humanities. In this funding initiative, the Volkswagen Foundation works closely with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York.
Scope of Funding
In the context of this initiative, the two foundations cooperate with several universities and research institutes of excellence in Germany and in the USA. In general, however, applicants are able to apply to a host university or research institute of their choice.
With its funding initiative entitled "Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in Germany and the USA", which began in 2011, the Volkswagen Foundation has expanded the "Harvard-Fellowships", which started in 2007 to encompass other institutions of outstanding repute in the USA. In 2012, this Fellowship program was extended by a reciprocal dimension to offer American postdocs an equivalent opportunity to spend a year working on their research project in Germany. Since 2012, the Volkswagen Foundation has closely cooperated with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.