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.

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 focuses 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.

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KWI Welcomes 8th Cohort of International Fellows

KWI Welcomes 8th Cohort of International Fellows

This April, we are welcoming our 8th Cohort of International Fellows. Over the course of the next six months, we will be joined by the following researchers. Bojan Baća is a political and cultural sociologist whose research primarily focusses on civil society, social movements, and contentious politics. After receiving his PhD from York University in […]

Fortsetzung des Thyssen@KWI Fellowship durch die Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Fortsetzung des Thyssen@KWI Fellowship durch die Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Wir freuen uns sehr, dass die Fritz Thyssen Stiftung das Thyssen@KWI Fellowship für weitere zwei Jahre fördern wird. Zwischen Oktober 2024 und September 2026 können so vier Fellow-Stipendien für jeweils sechs Monate vergeben werden. Seit Oktober 2020 ist das Thyssen@KWI Fellowship in das KWI International Fellowship-Programm integriert und richtet sich an exzellente Wissenschaftler*innen in der Post-Doc-Phase, deren […]

KWI Associate Fellow Awarded Humboldt Fellowship

KWI Associate Fellow Awarded Humboldt Fellowship

We would like to congratulate our Associate Fellow Alexandra Irimia on her recent appointment as a research fellow for the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. As a part of the Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme for Postdocs, she will be working on the project “Bureaucratic Fiction: Narratives, Images, and Affects of Administration in Contemporary World Literature and […]

Call for Applications: KWI International Fellowships

Call for Applications: KWI International Fellowships

It’s that time again: the KWI is searching for researchers to make up our ninth cohort of international fellows for a six-month stay between 1 October 2024 and 31 March 2025. The KWI fellowship program is designed for excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. The institute provides fellows with modern […]

Seventh Cohort of International Fellows arrived at KWI

Seventh Cohort of International Fellows arrived at KWI

This week we warmly welcome our seventh cohort of international fellows at KWI! Tom Allen, Justin Begley and Morgan Robinson are at KWI for six months as part of the KWI International Fellowships, while Evelyn Runge holds the Thyssen@KWI Fellowship for the same period. After a joint tour of Villa Hügel and the Ruhr Museum […]