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Call: Thyssen@KWI Fellowship

Fellowship for the duration of 6 months from 1 October 2024 until 31 March 2025.

The Thyssen@KWI Fellowship addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. It is most generously funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

International researchers are invited to apply as well as scholars of German nationality, provided they demonstrate outstanding international work experience and contacts. We invite applications from research fellows who have completed their PhD and have already gained several years of post-doctoral research expertise (R3 level). Project proposals should address KWI’s research agenda. The KWI (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut) in Essen provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space, technical support, and offers a library service, event and research management as well as any administrative and communicative support.

The Thyssen@Fellow will receive a fellowship contract (not a full-employment contract) and a monthly allowance of 4.000 € (pre-tax). This allowance is intended to cover rent, insurances and living expenses. Partial reimbursement of travel expenses for arrival at and departure from KWI is also possible. Fellows are responsible for covering any additional travel expenses, such as those related to conferences, using their allowance.


  • Candidates will have a completed PhD plus several years of postdoctoral experience (R3 level). We expect applicants to work on a project that differs from their PhD research.
  • Applications are open to international researchers. German scholars may apply, provided they demonstrate outstanding international work experience and contacts.
  • Candidates will have a strong scientific track record (including publications in respected international journals or other comparable publications; participation in and organization of international conferences). We welcome applications from candidates with a proven record of third-party funding and/or with experience in science communication and/or public humanities.
  • The fellowship should be dedicated to research linked to one or more of KWI’s focus areas and consistent with its interdisciplinary agenda. Various project formats are possible: You might devote your time in Essen to finishing a book or a special issue, finalizing a research proposal or setting up a research group. We also welcome plans to establish or substantiate collaborations with the universities of the Ruhr Alliance.
  • We expect the Thyssen@KWI Fellow to be present at the institute at least 3 days a week. The fellow will be expected to participate in entry and exit interviews.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is requested to actively take part in the Colloquium, lectures, conferences, reading groups and other academic events at KWI. Moreover, we expect the fellow to contribute to the KWI Blog. We also encourage fellows to organize a workshop during their fellowship.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is invited to actively take part in academic events at KWI and will have the opportunity to design outstanding discussion formats with prominent researchers.
  • The Thyssen@KWI Fellow is not expected to teach, but always welcome to inspire our teaching laboratory with new ideas or participate in lecture series and seminars at surrounding universities.
  • Publications deriving from the time of residence should mention KWI and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
  • Knowledge of German is not required since the Fellowship Programme relies on a strong command of English.
  • We expect successful applicants to begin their fellowship on the announced starting date (October 2024). Due to our semester schedule and the design of the fellowship programme, the start and end of the fellowship are not negotiable.


We kindly ask you to apply in the form of one single PDF file (max. 20 MB) which must be submitted electronically to with the subject line: “Thyssen@KWI-Fellowship”. [Due to IT safety regulations, we cannot accept applications via links to external platforms.]

  • The application must be written in English and must contain a CV, a list of publications, PhD certificate, and proposal sketching your KWI project (up to max. 5,000 characters for the proposal).
  • The application deadline is 30 April 2024, 24:00 (midnight, CET). We will not consider applications that are incomplete or submitted after this date.
  • Fellows will be selected by a committee consisting of external reviewers, the institute’s director and the Fritz Thyssen foundation.
  • Further information about the application process can be found in the FAQs

For further questions, please contact

Full call (PDF)

DEADLINE: 15 April 2024

Academy in Exile invites scholars at risk to apply for 24-month fellowships at TU Dortmund University in Dortmund and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. Eligible are scholars from any country who have a PhD in the humanities, social sciences, or law, and who are at risk because of their academic work and/or civic engagement in human rights, democracy, and the pursuit of academic freedom. Academy in Exile fellowships give scholars the opportunity to continue their careers in Germany and to work on a research project of their own choosing in a multidisciplinary environment. Fellows contribute to and shape the research agenda and intellectual profile of Academy in Exile.

Established in 2017, Academy in Exile preserves and cultivates critical scholarship that is threatened or de-legitimized in countries around the world. Academy in Exile has been based at TU Dortmund University since August 2023 and maintains a cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. Since its inception, Academy in Exile has created 76 hosting arrangements through long-term fellowships, emergency stipends, artist-in-residence fellowships, and guest professorships.

The twelve new Academy in Exile fellows, funded by the Mellon Foundation as well as the VolkswagenStiftung, will be hosted either at TU Dortmund University in Dortmund or the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. Applications will be evaluated according to academic merit, risk assessment, and suitability for the research programs at TU Dortmund and KWI, as well as the programs of Academy in Exile.

Fellowships may start as early as July 2024. The monthly stipend amounts to 2,500 EUR. In addition, Academy in Exile covers the cost of health insurance up to 500 EUR per month.

Ineligible is anyone who has dual citizenship or permanent residency in a safe country. This applies either to the applicant him- or herself or to his or her partner. Since the program is intended for scholars at risk, eligibility is restricted to applicants who are currently in their home country or who have been out of their country for no more than two years.

Please submit your application through the following application portal by 15 April 2024:

To complete your application, you need to submit the following in addition to filling out the form on the portal:

  • a letter that explains your motivation for applying to AiE, including the current circumstances of your risk and/or exile status. Please include a short rationale if you would prefer to be hosted by the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)in Essen or TU Dortmund University in Dortmund. No proof or letter from a third party is required. However, if you are registered with Scholars at Risk Network, IIE-Scholar Rescue Fund or CARA, please indicate so in your letter;
  • a three-page research proposal;
  • a current curriculum vitae with a list of publications; — your PhD degree certificate;
  • a published journal article or chapter.

Applications will be dealt with in strict confidentiality. For questions, please send an email to Encrypted communication will be used at the applicant’s request.

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Die Universität Duisburg-Essen sucht am Campus  im Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut Essen (KWI) / Goethestraße 31 eine

studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d), 19 Wochenstunden, für die Dauer von mindestens zwei Semestern

Ihre Aufgabenschwerpunkte:

Unterstützung der Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts Essen (KWI)


  • allgemeine Unterstützung durch Internetrecherchen
  • Vorbereitende Zusammenstellung von Bild- und Textmaterial für Social Media Posts
  • Unterstützung bei der Durchführung von Veranstaltungen (hier in Kooperation mit dem Veranstaltungsmanagement des KWI)

Das Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen (KWI) ist ein interdisziplinäres Forschungskolleg für Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften in der Tradition internationaler Institutes for Advanced Study. Als interuniversitäres Kolleg der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, der Technischen Universität Dortmund und der Universität Duisburg-Essen arbeitet das Institut mit den Wissenschaftler*innen seiner Trägerhochschulen und weiteren Partnern in NRW und im In- und Ausland zusammen.

Ihr Profil:

  • Einschlägiges Studium und Immatrikulation an einer deutschen Hochschule
  • Ausgezeichnete Kenntnisse der deutschen Sprache und Rechtschreibung
  • Journalistische oder redaktionelle Erfahrungen durch Praktika sind von Vorteil
  • Interesse an den Themen des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts Essen (KWI)
  • Gute Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift
  • gute EDV-Kenntnisse (MS Office, Content Management Systeme)
  • Eine selbstständige, zuverlässige und präzise Arbeitsweise
  • Teamfähigkeit

Was wir bieten:

  • Abwechslungsreiches Aufgabengebiet
  • Freundliche Arbeitsatmosphäre in einem kleinen Team
  • Flexible Arbeitszeiten nach vorheriger Absprache

Besetzungszeitpunkt: 15.06.2024

Vertragsdauer: mind. 2 Semester

Arbeitszeit: 15-19 Stunden pro Woche

Bewerbungsfrist: 29.04.2024

Die Universität Duisburg- Essen verfolgt das Ziel, die Vielfalt ihrer Mitglieder zu fördern (s. Sie strebt die Erhöhung des Anteils der Frauen am wissenschaftlichen Personal an und fordert deshalb einschlägig qualifizierte Frauen nachdrücklich auf, sich zu bewerben. Frauen werden nach Maßgabe des Landesgleichstellungsgesetzes bei gleicher Qualifikation bevorzugt berücksichtigt. Bewerbungen geeigneter Schwerbehinderter und Gleichgestellter i. S. des § 2 Abs. 3 SGB IX sind erwünscht.

Ihre Bewerbung mit den üblichen Unterlagen richten Sie bitte in einer Datei an Helena Rose und Miriam Wienhold, Universität Duisburg- Essen,  Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI), Goethestr. 31, 45128 Essen, Telefon 0201 813 8106, E-Mail:

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