Postdoc Fellowship in Digital Humanities at IEG Mainz

The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) awards a fellowship for international postdocs in the field of Digital Humanities.


During the fellowship, you will develop your own research project using methods of the Digital Humanities. The project should contribute to the institute’s research programme on "Negotiating differences in Europe". You will collaborate closely with colleagues from the IEG in the upcoming Digital Humanities Lab. Working out a promising application for third-party funding that is embedded in the Digital Humanities Lab, may extend the fellowship if the necessary funding is available.

What we offer

The IEG Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to pursue your individual research project while living and working for 6–12 months at the Institute in Mainz.

The monthly stipend is € 1,800.


During the fellowship you are required to reside at the Institute in Mainz. You actively participate in the IEG's research community and the weekly colloquia. We expect you to present your work at least once during your fellowship. Applicants must have completed their doctorate no more than three years before taking up the fellowship. We expect proficiency in English and a sufficient command of German to participate in discussions at the Institute.


Please combine all of your application materials except for the application form into a single PDF and send your application to
Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the referees. You may write in either English or German; we recommend that you use the language in which you are most proficient. 

Negotiating differences in Europe  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.

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Humanities : Arts and Art history, Classical Studies, Digital humanities and big data, History, Philosophy, Theology and religion