Call for Proposals

The DEADLINE for applications has now passed.


Call for Proposals—Research Groups and Individual Fellowships

The Lichtenberg Kolleg is Göttingen’s Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Named after one of the most important and versatile representatives of the Göttingen Enlightenment, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, the Kolleg is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. One of our principal aims is to promote research projects at the University of Göttingen by offering the opportunity to cooperate with international research groups and fellows in order to enhance the international quality of Göttingen research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Kolleg now invites proposals to set up thematic research groups and/or to invite individual scholars as fellows for the academic years 2015-2017.

Proposals can fall within our three key research areas, (a) the study of religion from classical antiquity to the present, (b) the Göttingen Enlightenment in its European, Atlantic and global contexts, and (c) ‘bridges’ between the natural, social and human sciences. Please note that proposals for projects outside these areas are also welcome.

Proposals can be for thematic research groups and/or for individual co-operative research projects with international scholars.

Thematic research groups will comprise up to three early career fellows (who have obtained their PhD after January 2009) and one or more mid-career or senior research fellows. Early career fellowships are for two academic years (from 1 October 2015 until 31 July 2017); early career fellowships are widely advertised and recruited via open competition. Mid-career and senior fellowships are for periods of maximally ten months and are by individual invitation to international scholars on the basis of proposals from Göttingen faculty members only.

Individual cooperative research projects involve research cooperation of a Göttingen faculty member with an international scholar/fellow at mid-career or senior level. The cooperative project can include (but need not be limited to) writing a joint research publication, preparing a joint research application and developing a new research project. Mid-career and senior fellowships can be held for periods of up to ten months.

All faculty members of the Universiy of Göttingen who hold a doctoral degree are invited to submit proposals. In case of success the Göttingen faculty members involved in the proposal will be invited to join the Kolleg as associate fellows.

Proposals will be submitted to and evaluated by the Kolleg’s International Academic Advisory Board. In evaluating and ranking the proposals the board will consider the following criteria which all proposals should address: 1) scholarly merit, originality and significance of the research proposal, 2) theoretical and methodological framework of the research proposal, 3) interdisciplinary potential of the research proposal and researchers, 4) feasibility of the research proposal, and 5) academic achievements relative to career level of all scholars involved in the proposal.

Naturally, in the evaluation and selection process of proposals and fellows, the Kolleg follows the equal opportunity principles of the University of Goettingen.

Please send proposals (in English), containing a one page abstract, a 5 to 10 pages research proposal addressing the criteria set out above, CVs and lists of publications of the scholars involved in the proposal to: martin.vangelderen@zvw.uni-goettingen.de

The deadline for the submission of proposals is Monday 3 November 2014.