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. The IEG offers them the opportunity to create the foundations for their continuing academic career as independent researchers. The academics in the IEG research areas are keen to interact with Postdoctoral Research Fellows.

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.

Grants are available for projects in the religious, political, social and cultural history of Europe between approx. 1450 and 1970. Projects in a transnational and comparative questions or addressing questions of transfer are particularly encouraged, as are topics in intellectual, church and theological history.

Value of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

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.

Family allowance

Where the spouse of a fellow resides in Germany and is not in receipt of income in excess of € 450 per month, the fellow may receive an additional family allowance if this is applied for during the fellowship application and granted.

The Institute

The Leibniz Institute of European History conducts research on the historical foundations of Europe in the modern age. Its interdisciplinary research is developed and conducted by two departments, of Western Religious History and of Universal History, each headed by a director. Its research reaches from the early modern age to the present. The IEG’s current research programme is conducted under the heading of addressing and dealing with difference: how difference is enables, established and coped with in its religious, cultural, political and social dimensions.

The IEG maintains a library specialising in the European history from the mid-15th century. Its collection focuses on European and international history and on the history of the Church and of theology since the age of the Reformation and humanism. The IEG also publishes the findings of its research in printed form and online, reaching an international audience beyond the circle of specialists.

Application date
15 Oct 2018
6-12 months
Europe Germany
Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 3 years
Award granted
€ 1.800/month