US and Germany: Postdoc fellowships: Humanities

Volkswagen Foundation offers Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in the US and Germany

Scope of Funding:

In the context of this initiative, the two foundations cooperate with several universities and research institutes of excellence in Germany and in the USA.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Germany

Deadline: September 11, 2018


  • This call addresses promising young scholars in their postdoc research phase currently based at institutions in the USA, who seek to strengthen their research capacity in the humanities.
  • Scholars who work in an interdisciplinary field are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have completed their PhD after 1st October 2011.
  • Duration: 9 – 12 months for the A.Y. 2017/18. (Fellowship can be of up to 18 months ; in exceptional cases)
  • Starting month for a fellowship: August or September.


  • Fellowship: 2,100 Euros/ month; international health insurance, visa, travel expenses (2 return flights U.S.-Germany-U.S.), conference participation (preferably) in Europe
  • Rent/additional living costs: 1,000 Euros/month.
  • Fellows may also apply for funds to cover small technical equipment (limited to up to 5% of the total budget), consumables (research and work-related), literature, etc.
  • Foundations provide a maximum of 3,000 Euros for administrative costs for the host institution/department as well as a total sum of 10,000 Euros for a workshop to be organized by the fellow.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in US & Canada


  • This call addresses promising young scholars in their postdoc research phase currently based at German institutions (via employment), who want to enhance their research skills in the humanities.
  • Researchers who work in an interdisciplinary field are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have completed their doctorate (Ph.D. must be completed by the time of application).
  • Duration: 9 to 12 months (can be up to 18 months).
  • Applicants must be employed by a German institution, which will grant them a leave of absence for the duration of the fellowship.
  • The grant will be made to this German institution, which is then also responsible for administering the funds.


  • Grants cover a monthly salary as paid by German universities at the time of application; approx. 66,000 Euros; international health insurance, visa, travel expenses; conference participation (preferably) in North America,
  • Rent/additional living costs: 1,000 Euros \month
Quick Overview————-
OrganizationVolkswagen Foundation
Fellowship LevelPostdoctoral
CountryUSA and Germany
Subject areasHumanities, Social Sciences
Fellowship amountVaries
EligibilityOpen for all nationalities
DeadlineSeptember (Yearly)



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