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Research profile 
The research fellowship programme of the IEG combines research, training and international networking. Fellows can pursue their individual research projects in an inspiring atmosphere. They discuss problems and methods of European historical research in an interdisciplinary and international surrounding. According to their special fields and interests, they are invited to participate in the academic activities of the Institute. In cooperation with its international partners, the Institute supports the exchange of fellows to embed them in a network of European historical research.
The Institute promotes historical and theological research on the foundations of Europe – comparative or transnational resp. transcultural projects dealing with European communication and transfer processes as well as projects on concepts and perceptions of »Europe« and »Europeaness« in the period from the early modern period to contemporary history. This expressly includes projects on intellectual, religious and philosophical dimensions of European history, e.g. church history of the Reformation and early modern period.
The fellows are invited to work together with the academic staff in the research units of the IEG. The senior researchers are happy to assist fellows during their research stay in Mainz as mentors.
Funding ranges from 6 up to 12 months. Researchers live and work in the Institute’s building in Mainz, but may carry out shorter trips to archives, libraries, and conferences. The IEG has a library with rich holdings in European social, political, religious, theological and church history. Fellows must have good command of German so as to participate in the discussions at the Institute.
Doctoral fellowships 
Applications for doctoral fellowships (€ 1200/month) are invited from doctoral candidates of any national background. Applicants must have a first degree in history or theology. They should not have pursued their PhD-work for more than three years when taking up the fellowship, but well-founded exceptions are possible.
As an independant research institute the IEG does not confer academic degrees. As a general rule, PhD-theses are being supervised and completed at the fellows' home universities.
Applications for doctoral fellowships are accepted twice a year, im spring and in autumn. The deadline for the next selection session of the fellowship committee will be in August, 2013.
Postdoctoral fellowships 
The IEG also awards postdoctoral fellowships (€ 1.600/month) for young researchers who want to embark upon a new research project after the completion of their PhD. At the IEG they can prepare the ground for their future academic career as independant senior researchers. The close and constant dialogue with historians and theologians of the IEG's research units may yield new insights and perspectives on individual projects.
Candidates take up their postdoctorial fellowship within the three years following the completion of their PhD (work experience outside academia NOT included). The PhD-thesis must have been accepted and defended when applying. A joint application for the completion of the PhD and a subsequent postdoctorial fellowship is not possible.
One postdoc fellowship per annum is jointly awarded by the IEG Mainz and the Herzog August Bibliothek
(HAB), Wolfenbüttel. This fellowship implicates a research stay at both institutions. After having studied primary sources in Wolfenbüttel for six months, fellows will have the chance to write up their theses in Mainz for another six months. Applications are to be directed to the HAB.
The IEG also hosts fellows of the Leibniz-DAAD Fellowships for exceptional postdoctoral researchers. Scholarship announcement
How to apply 
Applications for doctoral fellowships are accepted twice a year, im spring and in autumn. The deadline for the next selection session of the fellowship committee will be in August, 2013. At this meeting fellowships will be awarded for a research stay in Mainz from January 2014 (or later).
Applications for postdoctoral fellowships are, as a general rule, accepted once a year. The deadline for the next selection session will be in August 2013 (scholarship announcement will be published in June 2013). At this meeting fellowships will be awarded for a research stay in Mainz from January 2014 (or later).
Please direct applications via e-mail to:
Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte
Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel und Prof. Dr. Johannes Paulmann
Please use for your application the application form:
for doctoral fellowships
for postdoctoral fellowships
- please fill in all form blanks
- fill in as copied text:
1. a curriculum vitaePlease do not use footnotes or special formatting. Save as doc-document, please do not send PDF-documents.
2. a list of publications (if available)
3. a brief description of the proposed research topic with a working plan and schedule for the intended stay at the Institute (5–6 pages, up to 1.500 words)
Please submit also via air mail
- copies of university transcripts
expertises on the proposed research project by two senior academic
scholars (in closed envelope or to be sent directly by the referee to the IEG)
- (postdoctorial applicants only) one copy of the PhD-thesis (CD-R)
Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte
Alte Universitaetsstrasse 19
Please note that applications submitted late, incomplete or incorrect cannot be taken into consideration.
For further information please see the German version of this page.
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