BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship Program

Deadline: October 20, 2013

Applications are now invited for the BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship, an international researcher mobility program offering a 6-month research stay at two renowned academic institutions in the social sciences: The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK), one of Germanys leading institutes for advanced study across disciplines, and The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University.

The program supports research by outstanding scholars in the social sciences (e.g. Sociology, Political Science, Psychology and Demography). Fellows benefit from exceptional intellectual and research conditions. They enjoy both the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars and a graduate school with an outstanding faculty, innovative teaching concepts and an international body of excellent Ph.D. students and Postdocs.

Visiting fellows are expected to have a presence at both institutes, to participate in regular activities of the HWK and to engage in doctoral education/supervision at BIGSSS including teaching a minimum of one course and taking part in the regular Ph.D-colloquium. The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship offers financial support and accommodation.

Eligibility Criteria

The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship welcomes applications worldwide from promising postdoctoral scholars to leading senior researchers. The integration of most major social-science disciplines into one school is a key asset of BIGSSS, its umbrella theme is “Changing Patterns of Social and Political Integration“. Applicants should have research and expertise in one or more of BIGSSS’ three thematic fields:

  • Global Governance and Regional Integration
  • Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life
  • Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts.


Application material to be submitted includes

  • a research exposé (max. 4 pages),
  • an abstract (max 1500 characters),
  • a CV and
  • a publication list

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