Gerda Henkel Fellowships

Deadline: 16 January 2017
Open to: young researchers in the fields of humanities from Afghanistan, Belarus, China (only Tibet and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan
Fellowship: a monthly stipend of 750 EUR, accommodation, travel expenses


New Europe College, Institute for Advanced Study in the humanities and social sciences in Bucharest, Romania announces a Call for Applications for its newly launched GERDA HENKEL Fellowships.

NEC provides an attractive meeting and working place for scholars from all around the world who wish to pursue a meaningful project of their own while also meeting with peers from other disciplines. It supports its fellows by providing excellent conditions for their work and by establishing a strong and productive network among academics and intellectuals in the country and beyond. The institute has acquired a unique position in the region and has established itself as a research center of international reputation


  • Candidates who hold a Ph.D. title in the fields of the historical humanities mentioned above;
  • Young researchers / academics working in the fields of humanities (in particular archaeology, art history, historical Islamic studies, history, history of law, history of science, prehistory and early history) from the following countries: Afghanistan, Belarus, China (only Tibet and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan;
  • International research experience (participation in projects and refereed conferences) and publications in peer-reviewed academic editions are strong advantages;
  • Preference will be given to candidates below the age of 45, and to those who have not yet benefited from a Fellowship at NEC.


  • A monthly stipend of 750 EUR (tax free) to cover living expenses related to the stay in Bucharest;
  • Accommodation in Bucharest, comprising living quarters and working space. The Fellows will also have free access to the NEC library and electronic resources/databases;
  • Travel from the home country to Bucharest and back, visa and insurance costs (up to 1000 EUR);
  • Research field trip abroad during the fellowship period – up to 1,500 EUR (a one-time allowance);
  • Research expenses (100 EUR / month).

Candidates are welcome to apply with projects on topics of their choice for:

  • One academic year: October 2017 – July 2018 (10 months);
  • One term: October 2017 – February 2018 / March – July 2018 (5 months).

The selected Fellows are expected to take part in the weekly seminars at the institute together with all the other Romanian and international scholars present at NEC, and in other scientific events organized by the institute. Fellows have the opportunity to benefit from NEC’s widespread international research network and its high-quality guest lecturers program. The institute’s working languages are English, French, and German; a good command of English is required. Fellows are assisted in all practical matters concerning travel, residence, and research in Bucharest. Toward the end of their stay, they are required to document the outcomes of their work in a scholarly paper (in English, French, or German).

How to apply?

Applications will be submitted in electronic format only, to the address: applications@nec.roApplications have to be submitted following the guidelines and using the form available online. Please enter in the Subject field of the e-mail message “Gerda Henkel Fellowship”.

Deadline for the applications is January 16, 2017.

For more information please visit the official website.

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