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Visiting Research Fellowship Program 2024/25 | Scholarship


Cultural studies History Jewish studies Political science


Jewish history


The DI is an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to scholarly research on Jewish history and culture in Central and Eastern Europe from the early modern period to the present. Its research activities adopt a pan-European perspective, including spaces of Jewish emigration, especially Israel and the Americas. The institute has a specialist library that supports its research activities and reflects the institute’s research interests in its collections.

The call is open to junior scholars (doctoral and early postdoctoral researchers), in a smaller number to senior researchers (late postdocs, professors), working on a methodologically and thematically innovative project in Jewish history and culture. The funded research projects should be compatible with the framework of the DI’s research units »Politics« , »Law« and »Knowledge«.

Offer and requirements

A visiting research fellowship at the DI allows for work on individual research projects and provides for intensive exchange with colleagues on site. Visiting fellows get a work place at the institute and are invited to present their project in a guest lecture. In addition, the DI offers a broad variety of events for participation and encourages the use of its library as well as of the many libraries, archives and research centers of the University and the city of Leipzig.

Fellows are kindly asked to spend the term of their fellowship at the institute. The fellowship entails a monthly allowance of 2,000 € for doctoral candidates, 2,300 € for postdocs, and 2,800 € for senior researchers. Applicants from abroad must provide proof of health insurance coverage for Germany upon commencement of their stay. The DI supports visiting fellows in finding accommodation in Leipzig. Depending on the available budgetary means, fellows visiting the institute with family members requiring care may apply for a monthly maintenance grant of up to 200 €.


Applications can be submitted in either English or German. They should include the following materials:

  • A cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation and the connection between their own research and the thematic foci of the institute as well as information regarding the duration and preferred dates of the research visit (max. 2 pages)
  • Description of the planned research project (max. 1,000 words)
  • CV including publications (max. 5 pages)
  • Transcript of the candidate’s highest academic degree
  • For PhD candidates and early Postdocs: contact details of two referees

Please send your application in one file (pdf format) via E-mail to by December 15, 2023. They should be addressed to the DI’s director.

For further information please read the guidelines regarding the Visiting Research Fellowship Program.

Further details

Enrico Lucca
Pol-Int team

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