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 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.

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CfA: New KWI International Fellowships and Thyssen@KWI Fellowship

CfA: New KWI International Fellowships and Thyssen@KWI Fellowship

We are happy to announce that KWI offers new fellowships for the duration of six months from 1 April 2023 until 31 September 2023! The KWI INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies and the social sciences. The institute provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space and technical support, also offering library […]

KWI International Fellow Kasey Henricks Uncovers Erroneous Parking Tickets

KWI International Fellow Kasey Henricks Uncovers Erroneous Parking Tickets

Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Tennessee at Knoxville and KWI International Fellow Kasey Henricks recently released two publications on the phenomenon of incorrectly issued parking tickets: an article in Socius (a generalist journal of the American Sociological Association) as well as a policy report for the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy. Kasey Henricks […]

New KWI-Fellows Present Their Research Projects

New KWI-Fellows Present Their Research Projects

In April, a new cohort of fellows have begun their work at KWI. On 3 May, KWI organized a “Welcome and Introduction” to give fellows the chance to introduce themselves and their research projects to KWI colleagues and the public. For this, fellows were asked to select one image, illustration, or slide as a springboard […]

KWI welcomes 4th cohort of International Fellows

KWI welcomes 4th cohort of International Fellows

This month, KWI welcomes a new cohort of international fellows: Kasey Henricks, Gregory Jones-Katz, Weronika Kobylińska-Bunsch, Nisha Kommattam, Irit Sholomon-Kornblit, Tilo Reifenstein, and Avril Tynan, as well as Kathrin Yacavone as a Thyssen@KWI Fellow and Florian Fuchs, will be a part of the KWI for the next six months. They are taking over from Azadeh Fatehrad […]

Fortsetzung des Thyssen@KWI Fellowship durch die Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Fortsetzung des Thyssen@KWI Fellowship durch die Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Die Fritz Thyssen Stiftung verlängert die Förderung des Thyssen@KWI Fellowship für weitere zwei Jahre. Zwischen Oktober 2022 und September 2024 können somit vier Fellow-Stipendien für jeweils sechs Monate vergeben werden. Das Thyssen@KWI Fellowship ist in das KWI International Fellowship Programm integriert und richtet sich an exzellente Wissenschaftler*innen in der Post-Doc-Phase, deren Projekt an die Forschungsbereiche […]