Visiting Fellowships (The Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology )

Every year, the BGHS invites doctoral researchers from other countries to work at the Graduate School for four months to promote international scientific and cultural exchange. Visiting fellows have the opportunity to use their stay at the BGHS to work intensively on their dissertation, visit degree programme courses and build contacts to our scientific community. Fellows receive a computer work station for the duration of their stipend. The grant consists of a EUR 1,200 stipend per month. This amount will be supplemented by a child allowance if applicable. Upon application, travel costs can also be covered by the Graduate School.


All international doctoral researchers may apply who are matriculated in a doctoral programme abroad and whose dissertation has a historical, sociological, social-anthropological or political science focus. German nationals may also apply if their tertiary education has been at foreign universities. The visiting fellowships further networking with scientists at the BGHS, therefore no prolonged archival or research trips should take place within this period. To ensure that your project fits with the BGHS profile, you should take a close look at the areas of research covered by the graduate school. You can find an overview of the areas of research and the professors working at the BGHS here.

Required application documents

Applications for summer term 2015 (1 April to 31 July 2015) should be submitted via the online application portal no later than 15 January 2015.
Please submit the following documents:
  • Curriculum Vitae (1,000 words max.) (guidelines)
  • Covering letter (600 words max.) (guidelines)
  • Project description (2,000 words max.) (guidelines)
  • Work schedule and timeframe for your stay at the BGHS
  • Letter of recommendation from your supervisor/advisor at your university 
    (If preferred, your supervisor/advisor can send the letter directly to the BGHS:application-bghs@uni-bielefeld.de
  • University and college transcripts (Master's certificate)
Please read the FAQs carefully. They contain all important information on application requirements and procedures. Please also read the project description guidelines for infor-mation on formal design and content as well as the covering letter and curriculum vitae guidelines. Please feel free to contact Dr. Karen Holtmann should you have any questions:application-bghs@uni-bielefeld.de.

Dates and deadlines

15 January 2015Deadline for applications
Beginning of February 2015Candidates informed about the results of the application process
01 April 2015BGHS Visiting Fellowships begin
31 July 2015BGHS Visiting Fellowships end
For more information and application, CLICK HERE


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