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Fellowships for Doctoral Students



Fellowships for Doctoral Students

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These are open to doctoral researchers from Germany and abroad who have at least a Masters level degree in history, theology or another discipline which works historically. They must have been pursuing their doctorate for no more than three years at the time of taking up the scholarship, though exceptions may be made in exceptional circumstances. It is not permitted to apply for a scholarship for the same dissertation topic in subsequent years. As a research institution that is not part of a university, the Institute does not hold any examinations and does not award any academic qualifications. Dissertations are completed under the supervision of the scholarship holder’s supervisor at her/his home university.

Please note: Please note: The IEG advertises fellowships for doctoral students twice a year (in December and June). The application deadline for the next call for applications for a research stay in Mainz beginning March 2019 is 15 August 2018.



attachments in the following order:
  1. Completed application form
  2. Curriculum vitae and List of publications (if applicable) (please do not send photos)
  3. outline of the Ph.D.-thesis (up to 15,000 characters excluding footnotes and spaces)
  4. structure of the Ph.D.-thesis
  5. detailed timetable for the intended stay at the Institute
  6. copies of university transcripts  andproofs of language competence 
Please use the IEG application form which can be found under Downloads on the right. 

The primary academic advisor emails an up-to-date reference directly to the IEG by the application deadline to: fellowship@ieg-mainz.de 

The reference should discuss (please avoid a general letter of recommendation):
- The applicant’s academic qualifications
- Topic matter, goal and current state of the PhD project
- A synopsis of work to be done in Mainz along with possible time and work schedules

Additionally you need a potential second referee, who will be contacted directly by the IEG (see application form under 13b). We recommend that you inform the potnetial second referee about your application and a potential letter of reference in advance.

Specialist evaluations should contain information on the question, method, results and representation of your research project, and they should also give an evaluation with regard to the current state of research on the topic.

Applications should be submitted by email to:application@ieg-mainz.de

Leibniz Institute of European History
The Directors
Prof. Irene Dingel and Prof. Johannes Paulmann
Re: Fellowship Application

Please ensure that any attachments are pdf files.


Value of Doctoral Research Fellowships

1. Fellowship rates (from 01/01/2012)

The research scholarships of the IEG are jointly funded by the federal and state governments. The research scholarships are exclusively for the purpose of conducting the research project described in the application at the IEG. Thus, no other form of employment or funding can be pursued or availed of during the duration of the scholarship.

IEG doctoral scholarships have a monthly value of € 1,200.

2. Family allowance

Where the spouse of a scholarship holder resides in Germany and is not in receipt of income in excess of € 450 per month, the scholarship holder may receive an additional family allowance if this is applied for during the scholarship application and granted.

Scholarship holders residing outside Germany whose partners accompany them to Mainz and do not have income of more than 450 euros per month may receive a family allowance. Please indicate in your application whether your partner accompanies you to Mainz.  

Please direct your questions to the following address: fellowship@ieg-mainz.de

In case of doubt the German version is valid.