KWI International Fellowship Programmes

We are dedicated to pursuing our interdisciplinary agenda through international collaboration.
The international fellowships will contribute to attracting new research questions, concepts, methods and theories in close connection with the KWI research programme.

Our KWI International Fellowships are 6-month-scholarships at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, which address excellent international researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences with a completed PhD plus up to 6 years of post-doctoral experience.

The Thyssen@KWI Fellowship, financed by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, is integrated into the fellowship programme and reaches out to excellent researchers of all nationalities with a completed PhD plus several years of post-doctoral experience. Please note: The next call for the Thyssen@KWI Fellowship is expected to be opened in January 2022.

To apply, various project formats are possible: Fellows might devote their time in Essen to finishing a book or a special issue, to 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.

Located in the Ruhr Area, the KWI offers a space for independent and innovative research in the humanities and various opportunities to engage and include the public. Currently, research at the KWI focusses on the following areas: literary and cultural sociology, cultural science studies, science communication and public humanities. Further projects are concerned with cultures of communication and political participation. An important contribution to our scholarly and political work comes from the Academy in Exile, offering research space to colleagues whose academic freedom is threatened.

Latest News

KWI welcomes new cohort of international fellows

KWI welcomes new cohort of international fellows

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) welcomes a new cohort of international guests: Three new fellows will pursue their research projects this autumn/winter at KWI: Petr Gibas (Czech Republic) and Azadeh Fatehrad (United Kingdom) will join us as new KWI International Fellows. Their predecessors, Emily Doucet, Péter Kristóf Makai, Bécquer Seguín, and Thyssen@KWI […]

Farewell to Our Second Cohort of International Fellows

Farewell to Our Second Cohort of International Fellows

The KWI is saying goodbye to its second cohort of international fellows, who arrived in April 2021. Emily Doucet (Canada), Péter Kristóf Makai (Hungary), Bécquer Seguín (USA) as well as Thyssen@KWI Fellow Chiara Salari (Italy) joined KWI Essen for six months to pursue their diverse research interests. Historian of visual media Emily Doucet dedicated her time at KWI […]

New Publication: Bécquer Seguín Edits Volume on the Spanish Economic Crisis

New Publication: Bécquer Seguín Edits Volume on the Spanish Economic Crisis

In August, Duke University Press published a special issue of the journal boundary 2 titled “The Legacies of the Spanish Crisis,” which was edited by KWI International Fellow Bécquer Seguín. The issue examines the political and cultural repercussions of Spain’s decade-long financial crisis ten years after the eruption of the indignados movement in the summer of 2011. Bringing together established and emerging scholars of contemporary Spain, the nine […]

CfA: New KWI International Fellowships starting April 2022

CfA: New KWI International Fellowships starting April 2022

We are happy to announce that KWI offers the fourth cohort of fellowships for the duration of six months from 1st of April 2022 until 30th of September 2022! The KWI INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME addresses excellent researchers from the humanities and the social sciences. We are inviting international researchers with a completed PhD plus one to six years […]

The KWI welcomes a new cohort of international fellows

The KWI welcomes a new cohort of international fellows

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) welcomes a new cohort of international guests: Seven new fellows will pursue their research projects this summer at KWI. Emily Doucet (Canada), Péter Kristóf Makai (Hungary), Elisha Masemann (New Zealand), Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Zimbabwe) and Bécquer Seguín (Spain) will join us as new KWI International Fellows. They […]