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Frequently Asked Questions - HCTS Fellowships

1. Who can apply for a fellowship?

The programme is open to senior and junior scholars (postdocs) from Heidelberg or elsewhere who are interested to pursue research in transcultural studies.

2. I want to finish writing my book; should I apply?

One main aim of the HCTS is to offer scholars (especially, but not exclusively from Heidelberg University) the time and space to retire from everyday routines and to pursue their individual research—like writing a book. Another aim, however, is to foster the regular exchange about this research in a group of about a dozen members. The HCTS is not a cloister-cell, but the occasion for stimulating intellectual interactions.

3. Can groups apply?

This is possible, but not our primary intention. The HCTS hopes to bring together scholars with different disciplinary, institutional, national backgrounds who share an interest in transcultural studies. Please note that group applications have to clearly outline the individual projects!

4. Is the suggested themed iniative binding?

The themed initiative describes a wide field of interest among the Cluster’s Research Areas, the permanent fellows at the HCTS and scholars interested in the HCTS. The themed initiative is not binding in the sense that the proposed research has to be fully located in it, but it should have some connections to it.

5. How long does a fellowship last?

The duration of a fellowship is from six months up to one year. Applicants should state their preferences clearly in their application.

6. Will I be provided with office space?


7. What services may I expect?

Library service, student assistants.

8. What are a fellow’s duties?

During the semester, fellows meet on a regular basis to present and discuss their ongoing research. Monthly dinners are held for intensive exchange on key-issues of the research at the HCTS. Furthermore, fellows are also invited to engage with students in the MATS and GPTS, and to take part in other other events such as the Cluster's Jours Fixes, research area gatherings and general meetings.

9. What is the expected output?

Please mention in your application what your work plan consists of.

10. The HCTS offers a Masters’ and a Graduate programme; am I supposed to teach courses?

Junior internal fellows should offer at least one course or workshop related to their research project at the HCTS for doctoral students during one academic year. Senior internal fellows and visiting fellows do not have any teaching obligation, but can contribute to our teaching program in English.

11. Why should a senior internal fellow apply?

Senior internal fellows will have a reduced teaching load during their fellowship. They can count on the help of student assistants, IT and library services, and will be provided with office space in the HCTS. Their research will furthermore be integrated into the framework of the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA).

12. Why should a junior internal fellow apply?

Junior internal fellows should have a contract at Heidelberg University (postdoc and higher). Besides the help of student assistants, junior fellows receive a lump sum (2500 € per semester) which they can use at their own discretion, e.g. to reduce their teaching load, for conferences, acquisition of books or invitations of fellow scholars.

13. Why should a visiting fellow apply from outside Heidelberg University?

The premise is that visiting fellows, whether senior or junior, should have a regular income or their own external fellowship funding (e.g. Henkel, Thyssen, or DAAD). They receive a stipend to make up for additional costs and losses in sabbatical salary (“no gain, no loss”) according to the scholarship rates of the German Research Foundation (DFG). They can count upon the help of student assistants and library services and will be provided with office space in the HCTS.

14. I am a graduate and looking for a place to finish my thesis, can I apply?

No. The HCTS brings together scholars from the postdoctoral level upwards. It will allow the fellows to focus on their research, but is designed as a place to stimulate intellectual exchange, not to retire completely for the purpose of writing.