Research Fellowships for International PhD Students

Deadline: 1 February 2016
Open to: doctoral candidates of any nationality who have have a degree in history, theology or another historical subject
Fellowship: EUR 1,200 per month


The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) awards fellowships for international junior researchers in history, theology and other historical subjects. The IEG promotes research on the historical foundations of Europe from the early modern period to the 20th century, particularly regarding their religious, political and social dimensions. Projects dealing with European communication and transfer processes as well as projects focusing on questions related to theology, church history and intellectual history are particularly welcome.

Research fellows live and work for between 6 and 12 months at the Institute in Mainz and can pursue their individual PhD project. They are also invited to collaborate with the academic staff of the IEG, according to their particular fields of interest. The IEG ’s specialised library and the wider academic infrastructure of Mainz are available for their research.


Applications are invited from doctoral candidates of any nationality. Applicants must already have a degree in history, theology or another historical subject. They should not have pursued their PhD project for more than three years when taking up the fellowship. PhD theses continue to be supervised and are completed under the auspices of the fellows’ home universities. Fellows are required to register officially as residents in Mainz and to reside and take part in events at the Institute. They should have a sufficient command of  German in order to participate in discussions at the Institute. Fellows are not permitted to undertake paid work while receiving the IEG scholarship.


IEG doctoral scholarships have a monthly value of EUR 1,200.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 1 February 2016. To apply please send your application via e-mail ( to:

Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte
Directors|Professor Irene Dingel and Professor Johannes Paulmann
Subject: Stipendienbewerbung

Please attach (as one file) the application form including:

  • Curriculum vitae and (if applicable) a list of publications (PDF);
  • Brief description of the PhD thesis (5 pages, up to 1500 words) (PDF);
  • Structure of the PhD thesis, detailed working plan and schedule for the intended stay at the Institute (PDF);
  • Copies of university transcripts (PDF).

The primary academic advisor emails an up-to-date reference directly to the IEG by the application deadline ( The reference should discuss (please avoid a general letter of recommendation):

  • The applicant’s academic qualifications;
  • Topic matter, goal and current state of the PhD project;
  • A synopsis of work to be done in Mainz along with possible time and work schedules.

For more information please read the official call and visit the official website.

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