Kollegforschungsgruppe (KFG, “Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies”)
„Religion and Urbanity. Reciprocal Formations” at the
Max-Weber-Kolleg of the University of Erfurt invites applications for
starting from January 2021 at the earliest.
Scholarships are granted for a period of 12 months to either
- spend a year at the
Centre in the framework of a Cotutelle agreement of your non-German university
with the Max-Weber-Kolleg (that needs to
be established on successful application) or
- start a doctoral
degree at the Max-Weber-Kolleg that should include a
year spend abroad in a Cotutelle agreement with a foreign university (based on
existing contacts of the applicant or supported by the KFG).
The scholarships are awarded to doctoral researchers
working in the Humanities, especially in the fields of History or of History of
Religion (or in the fields of Sociology and Urban Studies with a focus on
historical and religious developments) on a topic related to the KFG. The KFG
is financed by the German Research Foundation (FOR 2779) and directed by Prof.
Dr. Susanne Rau and Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke.
Further information about the Max-Weber-Kolleg and the KFG are available at:
https://www.uni-erfurt.de/max-weber-kolleg and www.uni-erfurt.de/go/urbrel
Scholarship holders will be provided with office space
including work facilities. Working languages are English and German (the
proficiency in one of them attested on level C1 by the time of application).
The earliest possible date for the start of the
scholarships is 1st January 2021. The scholarships are endowed with 1,400 EUR
(and family allowances if applicable) per month.
The Max-Weber-Kolleg offers a structured study
programme and is going to provide you with library access, access to licensed
electronic media at the University Library and interlibrary loan. Photocopying
and scanning will be offered free of charge. As a member of the KFG you can ask
for financial support for research trips related to your project. In addition,
we can also offer you the opportunity to participate in training courses for
young scientists, which are open to members or associates of the university.
be eligible for a doctoral scholarship, the candidate must propose a research
project for a PhD thesis to be conducted within the framework of the KFG. In
the case of (a) you must already be admitted to a doctoral programme at a
university abroad that is willing to enter a Cotutelle agreement.
Doctoral researchers are required to participate
actively in the interdisciplinary and intercultural life of the Centre and the
Max-Weber-Kolleg and to contribute to the weekly colloquia of the KFG.
Please submit your application with
- an outline of the dissertation project you
would like to pursue addressing the KFG´s research focus (3,000-4,000 words)
with a stringent discussion of your a) research questions, b) the state of
research on the topic, c) the methodological approach and the leading
hypotheses as well as d) a working schedule with a projected date of completion
and publications of results.
- a statement of how you imagine to profit
from and contribute to the interdisciplinary environment of the KFG and the
- a curriculum vitae
- copies of your last university degrees
- a letter of recommendation by a university
as a combined pdf-file (maximum of 5 MB, publications may be presented
in separate files) until 30 September 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Elisa Iori (email@example.com).
The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and certified
as family friendly. It encourages the application of female candidates.
Handicapped persons will be prioritized if their suitability, ability, and
specific qualification is equal.
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