Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) invites doctoral researchers from other countries to work at the School for 4 months to promote international scientific and cultural exchange.

  • Visiting fellows will have the chance to use their stay at the BGHS to work intensively on their dissertation, visit degree programme courses and build contacts to the scientific community.
  • Fellows receive a computer work station for the duration of their stipend.
  • The grant consists of a EUR 1,200/month stipend; child allowance (if applicable).
  • Travel fare may also be covered by the Graduate School.


  • All Overseas (International) PhD researchers may apply who are matriculated in a doctoral programme abroad and whose dissertation is in the field of historical, sociological, social-anthropological or political science.
  • German citizens may also apply if their higher education has been at foreign universities.

Application documents:

  • Applications for summer term (1 April to 31 July) must be submitted through online application portal before 15 January.
  • Following documents are also required:
  • CV (max. 1,000 words)
  • Covering letter (max. 600 words)
  • Account of dissertation project (max. 2,000 words)
  • Work schedule and timeframe for stay at the BGHS
  • Recommendation Letter from supervisor or advisor
  • Certificates and Grade transcripts (Master’s certificate).
Dates and deadlines:

15 January: Last date for applications

Beginning of February: Candidates are informed about the results of the application process

01 April: BGHS Visiting Fellowships starts

31 July: BGHS Visiting Fellowships end

—————Quick Overview————-
Organization Bielefeld University
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Country Germany
Subject areas History, Sociology, Social Sciences
Fellowship amount EUR 1,200/month
Eligibility Open for all nationalities
Deadline 15 January 2021

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