Post-doctoral Fellowships in European History at IEG Mainz

The IEG awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to young academics from Germany and abroad who have completed their doctoral dissertations and are pursuing a new research project. This fellowship is intended to help you develop your own research project in close collaboration with scholars working at the IEG. Your contribution consists in bringing your own interests to bear on the work of the IEG and its research programme negotiating difference in Europe. This includes the possibility of developing a perspective for further cooperation with the IEG.

Applicants should have been awarded their doctorate no more than three years before the beginning of the proposed fellowship (non-academic activities are not relevant to the application). The final examination or defence of the dissertation must have been successfully completed by the application deadline. It is not possible to avail of funding for the final phase of doctoral research AND continuing into a subsequent postdoctoral project.

Value of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

(i) Fellowship rates (from 01/01/2015): The research fellowships of the IEG are jointly funded by the federal and state governments. The fellowships are exclusively for the purpose of pursuing the research project detailed in the application at the IEG. Fellows are therefore not permitted to pursue or avail of any other form of employment or funding for the duration of the fellowship.

IEG postdoctoral fellowships have a monthly value of € 1,800.

(ii)Family allowance: Fellowship holders whose partners accompany them to Mainz and do not have income of more than 450 euros per month may receive a family allowance. Please indicate in your application whether your partner accompanies you to Mainz.  Fellows who come to Mainz accompanied by their underage children can apply for a child allowance.

Research Programme Negotiating differences in Europe

In the research programme for the years 2018 to 2023, the overarching theme of "negotiating differences in Europe" will to be developed further both substantively and methodologically. The IEG’s goal is to implement the trans-epochal perspective equally across all areas of research, to pay closer attention to the interaction between categories of difference and their contingent hierarchies, and to grasp the specific dynamics of the negotiation of difference on the basis of concrete historical processes and problems.

This theme has also facilitated historical-critical scrutiny of contemporary self-descriptions and normative diagnoses of Europe. Thus instead of programmatic observations about tolerance, diversity, and pluralism being characteristic features of Europe, the IEG has focused on the various forms, actors, developments and cycles in the generally conflict-laden negotiation of difference in the realms of religion, society, and politics. Europe is understood as a laboratory for the development of forms of regulating and delimiting – and of producing and preserving – otherness and inequality. The conflictual dynamic of the cultural entity known as »Europe« springs from manifold interactions and entanglements that have led to exchange, assimilation and integration, as well as to differentiation and confrontation, on the continent and beyond.

Application date
6-12 months
Humanities : History