Fellowships to Come to Leipzig as a Visiting Scholar

Scholars who wish to conduct research in Leipzig may apply for monthly stipends, for varying numbers of months, depending upon the purpose of the visit. The amount awarded depends on the level of experience of the visitor, as we explain below.

There are three kinds of visiting fellowships for scholars wishing to come to Leipzig. The first are fellowships for young scholars whose research interests are such that they might have special reason to come to Leipzig for a month or two to participate in a series of events sponsored by FAGI. The second category of fellowships is designed specially for graduate students from the University of Chicago, participating in the exchange program between FAGI and the Chicago Center for German Philosophy. The third category of fellowship specially designed for senior researchers (anyone whose PhD defense was five or more years ago). Information about each of these sorts of fellowship may be found below. 

 

Fellowships for Young Scholars

We offer two kinds of fellowships for young scholars who wish to visit Leipzig for a research stay: post-doctoral stipends and doctoral stipends. Both sorts of stipend may range from one to two months.

Visiting stipends are funded at the following levels: (1) postdoctoral researchers (completed PhD required) receive a stipend of € 2650 per month; (2)  doctoral students receive a stipend of € 1475 per month.

Applicants who wish to come to Leipzig for one or two months are encouraged to do so within one of the following two windows of time: during either (1) the middle of October to the middle of December or (2) from early June to the end of July. Those planning to have their visit to fall sometime within the first window of time should do so with the aim of participating in the Humboldt Colloquium, and Fall Intensive Seminar, and/or one or two conferences that are scheduled to take place in Leipzig each autumn. Those planning to have their visit fall sometime within the second window of time should do so with the aim of participating in the Summer Intensive Seminar and/or at least several conferences among the five or six that are scheduled to take place in and near Leipzig each summer. Applicants who wish to visit Leipzig for a period longer than two months are encouraged to come for an entire semester with the aim of participating intensively in at least one or two of the many semester-length seminars that are scheduled to take place over the entire length of each semester. Applicants from any institution other than the University of Chicago wishing to apply for a doctoral or post-doctoral visiting stipend should direct any questions they have to the following e-mail address: gino.margani [at] uni-leipzig.de

Prospective visiting scholars who wish to apply to come for one to two months between the middle of October and the middle of December should submit their applications by May 1st of that academic year. Prospective visiting scholars wishing to come in June and/or July should submit their applications by January 1st of that academic year. All applications should be submitted to the following e-mail address: gino.margani [at] uni-leipzig.de

The following are the six required elements of an application
  • An up-to-date CV.
  • A one-page, single-spaced personal statement outlining your philosophical interests and goals, and your reasons for wanting to pursue them at the University of Leipzig.
  • One confidential letter of recommendation from a professor of Philosophy or Germanic Studies who is in an excellent position to comment on your background and ability.
  • A recent publication or sample of your written work.
  • A specification of when and for how long you would like to come to Leipzig as a visiting scholar.
  • A specification of which events you plan on attending during your visit to Leipzig, as well as why it would be good for you to have the opportunity to do so.

 

Fellowships for University of Chicago Doctoral Students

We offer two kinds of fellowships for University of Chicago doctoral students and recent PhDs who wish to visit Leipzig for either a brief or an extended research stay: post doctoral stipends and doctoral stipends. Both sorts of stipends may range from one month to an entire German semester (five months) in length. 

Visiting stipends are funded at the following levels: (1) postdoctoral researchers (completed PhD required) receive a stipend of € 2650 per month; (2)  doctoral students receive a stipend of € 1475 per month.

Applications from University of Chicago doctoral students or recent PhDs will first be evaluated in a preliminary round by the Advisory Board of the Chicago Center for German Philosophy before being passed on to the board of the FAGI. Chicago doctoral students or recent PhDs who wish to apply for visiting stipends to come to Leipzig should do so through the appropriate page of the CCGP website. Applicants or recent graduates from the University of Chicago PhD programs in Germanic Studies, Philosophy, or Social Thought who are considering applying for a visiting stipend may direct any questions they have about opportunities stemming from the Chicago / Leipzig Exchange Program to: gilad.nir [at] uni-leipzig.de

Fellowships for Experienced Researchers

Experienced researchers are those who have defended their dissertation more than four years ago. Such researchers who wish to spend one or two months in Leipzig may apply to receive a stipend of € 3150 per month. Experienced Researchers interested in applying for stipends to come to Leipzig should direct their questions and applications to: jconant [at] uchicago.edu

Members of the University of Chicago faculty interested in applying for stipends to come to Leipzig should direct their questions and applications to: jconant [at] uchicago.edu