Joint Visiting Scholarship – Call for Applications


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG, Department III, Artefacts, Action, and Knowledge, Director: Professor Dagmar Schäfer) and The International Consortium for Research in the Humanities "Fate, Freedom, and Prognostication – Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe" at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (IKGF, Director: Professor Michael Lackner) are offering

Six Visiting (Residential) Scholarships

for the duration of three months each in 2016 and 2017, preferably between May-August within the joint project on Accounting for Uncertainty: Prediction and Planning in Asia’s History (

Visiting scholars will receive a stipend/compensation commensurate with experience for their period of residence and reimbursement for a roundtrip flight ticket from their place of residence. They will also receive a travel grant to enable participation in group events during the period of affiliation. Residency will be arranged in Erlangen and Berlin for three months each.

Visiting fellows are expected to take part in the scientific life of the respective institute, to advance their own research project, and to actively contribute to the project group activities during their period of affiliation.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG: and the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (IKGF: are international and interdisciplinary research institutions. Their colloquium language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language.

Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society and the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg are committed to promoting handicapped individuals and encourage them to apply.

Deadline for submission: January 21, 2016 (23:59 CET).

Note that only electronic submissions via our application portal will be accepted.

Candidates are requested to submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications
  • Research proposal (750 words maximum)
  • Sample of writing (i.e. article or book chapter)
  • Names and contact details of two referees

We look forward to receiving your completed online application:

If you require more information, please contact the following: for questions concerning research in Department III, Professor Dagmar Schäfer (; for questions concerning research at the IKGF, Professor Michael Lackner (; for administrative questions concerning the scholarship at the MPIWG, Claudia Paaß, head of administration ( or Ohad Parnes, research coordinator (; for administrative questions concerning the scholarship at the IKGF, Rolf Scheuermann, research coordinator ( or Zhao Lu, research fellow (

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