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Senior Fellowships at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies

18. Nov. 2013

The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) is an Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Heidelberg. Building on the structures established by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” it is open to scholars especially in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Founded in April 2013, the HCTS assembles scholars from all over the world to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue and to enhance their understanding of transcultural processes. The Centre also offers a Master’s and a Doctoral Programme in Transcultural Studies.

In addition to five permanent fellows (the HCTS professorships in Transcultural Studies), a group of senior and junior fellows is invited each year to join the HCTS to pursue their own research and to engage in discussions with other fellows as well as graduate students around a common theme. Fellows can choose to be in residence in Heidelberg for a period ranging from between six months to two academic years.

The HCTS continues to welcome applications for

3  Senior Fellowships by scholars from within Heidelberg University (beginning on March 1st, 2014, or September 1st, 2014).

In 2014-15, fellows at the HCTS are invited to pursue their own research, with a suggested focus on one of the following three initiatives:

1. Detours—Mediated Circulations of Knowledge
2. Transcultural Exchanges in a Pre-modern World
3. Urban Spaces

Researchers working on all historical periods, all regions of the world and from all relevant disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply and to develop new, innovative ways to pursue their research from a transcultural perspective. Group applications are welcome. Fellowships will be awarded on the strength of a candidate's proposed research project, the relationship of the project to the programme themes, the candidate's scholarly record, and the candidate's ability to contribute to intellectual life at the HCTS.

What we offer

Senior Fellows benefit from the finest research facilities, the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars, and an excellent digital humanities unit. Senior Fellows will be offered research assistance and library services. They will receive funds for the partial reduction of their teaching load (equivalent to 1/2 “Lehrstuhlvertretung”).

Fellowship terms

Fellows must be in residence in Heidelberg during their fellowship so that they can interact with one another and participate actively in the regular working meetings.  Fellows are also invited to attend other events at the HCTS.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is extended to January 6, 2014.
The application (in German or English) consists of two (2) items and should be submitted in electronic format (single PDF File):

1. Curriculum vitae
2. Research proposal (maximum of 1500 words)

To apply for a fellowship, please submit these materials as a single PDF file to the Acting Director, Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler, at For further Information, please see:, or contact


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