KWI International Fellowships

We are dedicated to pursuing our interdisciplinary agenda through international collaboration.
The international fellowships will contribute to attract 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, and a teaching laboratory. 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.

Latest News

The KWI welcomes international fellows: Launch of the new fellowship programme

The KWI welcomes international fellows: Launch of the new fellowship programme

The KWI welcomes new international fellows Ryan Nutting, Carla R. Almeida and Danilo Scholz to Essen. The fellows will join the KWI until the end of March 2021 to pursue their research interests. Historian and museologist Ryan Nutting will investigate the Museum Folkwang collection to unravel functions and interpretations of ethnographic models. Physician Carla R. […]

New Call: Thyssen@KWI Fellowship

New Call: Thyssen@KWI Fellowship

The application period has expired on August 7th, 2020. In additon to our international fellowships we are very glad to offer a Thyssen@KWI fellowship for the duration of six months. The call is is now online. The fellowship addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies and the social sciences. It is generously funded by […]

KWI International Fellowships in Spring 2021

KWI International Fellowships in Spring 2021

The KWI offers new fellowships for the duration of six months from 1st of April 2021 until 30th of September 2021! The KWI fellowship program addresses excellent researchers from the humanities and the social sciences. The institute provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space, technical support and offers a library service, event and research management […]