HWK Delmenhorst Fellowships

The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) in Delmenhorst is an Institute for Advanced Study. It offers outstanding scientists the  opportunity to focus on research without the distraction of everyday routines in academia, to interact with colleagues from other disciplines and to benefit from the large variety of scientific traditions represented at the institute. The HWK awards Fellowships to highly qualified scientists of all career levels, from postdoctoral researchers to senior scientists. With these Fellowships, the HWK supports interdisciplinary and international collaboration both between its Fellows and research institutions in the Northwest and within the community of Fellows residing on HWK campus.

The HWK is an ideal platform for building networks on campus and with the regional collaboration partners. Regular and Junior Fellowships are currently offered in the four research areas within the scientific program of the HWK: Energy Research (“Energy”), Marine and Climate Research (“Earth”), Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences (“Brain”), and Social Sciences (“Society”).

Regular and Junior Fellowships are appointed based on a specific application procedure. All other Fellowship categories follow specific rules as stated in the overview below. With the Fellowship program, the HWK supports research and science as well as arts and humanities, benefitting not only the individual Fellow but also the scientific community in regional research institutions.

Overview of HWK Fellowship categories

  • Regular Fellowship: appointment based on application procedure; duration:  three to ten months. Splitting into no more than two periods of residence is possible. Requirements: Completed doctoral degree; the planned project must fit within one of the HWK’s research fields. Collaborations with colleagues at the regional universities and research institutes are appreciated but not a necessary condition for a Fellowship application.
  • Junior Fellowship:appointment based on application procedure; duration: three to ten months. Requirements: a doctoral degree earned within the last five years; otherwise, the conditions are the same as for the Regular Fellowship.
  • Twin Fellowship: no application possible, but must be nominated by a current Regular or Junior Fellow! Duration: two to eight weeks. Goal: intense collaboration for the benefit of the Fellowship project.
  • Associate Fellowship: no regular application procedure, but available only for regional scientists to work on specific Projects.
  • Associate Junior Fellowship:program is closed – applications are no longer possible; only available for regional junior scientists to continue their own research projects at their respective institutions, but meet regularly for various events at the HWK In addition to academic and cultural events, the program also provides funding opportunities, for example for organizing their own conference or scientific retreat.Duration: up to three years.
  • Artist in Residence: suitable candidates are pre-selected by the Artistic Advisory Board and invited by the Rector of the HWK; variable duration, based on the respective artistic project.

Who may apply?

Calls are open for highly qualified scientists of all career levels, from postdoctoral to senior researchers. Fellows are selected, based on the quality of their proposed research project, their scientific qualification, the project’s fit with the scientific activities of the HWK, the willingness to contribute to and to profit from a highly interdisciplinary scientific community, and the availability of resources. Collaborations with colleagues at the regional universities and research institutes are appreciated but not a necessary condition for a Fellowship.

Scientists based at institutions in the northwestern region of Germany cannot apply for Regular or Junior Fellowships. They are encouraged, however, to motivate national or international colleagues to apply for Fellowships.

The Regular Fellowship is available for scientists whose Ph.D. (or comparable degree) has been awarded more than five years ago and who have already gained substantial professional experience in science and research.

The Junior Fellowship is available for junior scientists whose Ph.D. has been awarded less than five years ago and who have gained first professional experience in science and research. Both, continuation of previous research activities as well as starting a new strand of research by using the scientific expertise within the northwestern region are welcome, preferably by crossing scientific frontiers.

Application deadline and schedule

Beginning in 2016, one call for application will be published each year. Please refer to the current call on the HWK homepage (see “How to become a Fellow”) for specific information on deadlines. Applications should be submitted at least one year before the desired starting date of the Fellowship, but no earlier than three years in advance.

Initially, applications are pre-reviewed by the Research Manager for the respective research area and, in case of completeness, general eligibility and fit with the research agenda, forwarded to the Scientific Advisory Board of the HWK. This board discusses all applications within approximately twelve weeks after the application deadline and gives recommendations for each application. The Rector of the HWK makes the final decision. Based on previous experience, the duration between submission of the application and notification of the applicant amounts to four or five months.

Financial conditions

Due to the great diversity in our Fellows’ situations, financial conditions for Fellowships are negotiated on a case-by-case basis. The following principles apply:

  • An appointment for a Fellowship does not constitute a work contract, and is not subject to legal provisions concerning the German social security system.
  • Regular and Junior Fellows are provided with a fully furnished apartment on the HWK campus. No rent is charged for the apartments.
  • Regular and Junior Fellows are eligible for a lump sum towards travel costs; even in case of split Fellowships, this lump sum is paid only once.
  • If a Fellow is employed by a university, a research organization, or as a researcher by a company, he/she must seek for financial support (paid leave or sabbatical) from the employer first, considering the great benefit of the Fellowship for the employer, resulting from both the Fellow’s research and the creation of new networks.
  • If appropriate, the HWK can provide the Fellow with a compensation to help maintain the Fellow’s standard of living. This compensation takes into account documented losses in earnings due to the Fellowship and the Fellow’s position as far as the budget of the institute allows for.
  • Should an employer agree to continue paying the Fellow’s full salary during the Fellowship, the HWK can contribute to the costs of a substitute; a separate agreement between the employer and the HWK would be necessary in this case.
  • For Junior Fellows, both personal stipends and compensation payments to employers are limited to a maximum of 2,000 EUR per month.
Application date
15 Jul 2019
3-10 months
Europe Germany
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology History Media Studies Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years