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Balzan Junior Fellowships 2020 in Global Studies

Balzan Junior Fellowship 2020 in Global Studies

Country: Germany
City: Freiburg
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The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies calls application for a 6-month Balzan Junior Fellowship in Global History in the academic year 2020/21. Normally, the full-time fellowships will be six months from October 2020 to March 2021 or, alternatively, from February to July 2021 nut stays of shorter durations are also possible.

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the international research college of the University of Freiburg in Freiburg, Germany. The institute was initially part of the university’s proposal for funding in the Excellence Initiative in 2007, an initiative by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation with the aim of promoting both cutting-edge research and enhancing the international success of German higher education institutions.


The fellow will join the multidisciplinary – and mainly English-speaking community at FRIAS and will have full access to the facilities and activities of the Institute as well as to the rich academic life at Freiburg University. They have no formal obligations apart from presenting their work to the FRIAS Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium and joining Jürgen Osterhammel and the co-director of the Balzan-FRIAS Project in Global History, Professor Stefanie Gänger (Heidelberg), in occasional workshops and informal discussions on conceptual issues of global history. Furthermore, the main purpose of the fellowship is to provide time for undisturbed work on a book project.


This fellowship is open to the scholars preparing a post-doctoral research monograph (‘second book’) on a global history topic, preferably focused on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. ‘Global history’ is to be understood in a broad sense including the study of cross-cultural connectivity, comparative approaches and the history of global thought and imaginaries. Furthermore, additional interest in the theory and methodology of global (and/or transnational) history is welcome and should be specified in the application.


Successful applicants will receive a salary according to grade TV-L E13; the standard rate for junior scientific staff at German universities. Moreover, salary depends on experience and amounts to at least 2300 Euro net per month). The organizer will also cover the airfares of the candidate. The researches cost contribution of up to 3,000 € is also available.

In addition to that, the Institute provides its fellows with modern office space and an up-to-date infrastructure. Accommodation is available through the university guest house and additional centrally located apartments. Furthermore, fellows have full access to all library services from one of the leading German university libraries.

Application Procedure 

Interested candidates should send one single PDF-file of the following attachments to Professor Jürgen Osterhammel ([email protected]).

  • A short motivation letter as well as a CV.
  • A research proposal detailing the specific aims to be pursued at FRIAS.
  • A list of additional publications.
  • Furthermore, the names and addresses of three referees (no letters of recommendation are necessary at this stage).

Furthermore, the application must contain a separate PDF-file of the Ph.D. thesis (published or in manuscript).


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline31 March,2020
OrganizerFreiburg Institute of Advanced Studies
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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