KWI International Fellowship Programmes

KWI's current cohort of fellows (from the left): Alexandra Irimia, Marissa Petrou, Kris Decker, Verena Kick, Tim Altenhof, L. Sasha Gora, Sandra Janßen.
KWI’s current cohort of fellows (from the left): Alexandra Irimia, Marissa Petrou, Kris Decker, Verena Kick, Tim Altenhof, L. Sasha Gora, Sandra Janßen.

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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