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Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships 2023

Application deadline: September 30, 2022

Against a backdrop of global political power shifts and faced with the environmental crisis and social injustice, the Joint Center for Advanced Studies “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective: A Dialogue with China” explores existing notions of “world” and approaches to worldmaking from transnational and transcultural perspectives. The Center is jointly organized by researchers at universities in Berlin, Göttingen, Heidelberg, Munich, and Würzburg. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

In order to promote knowledge exchange, dialogue, and cooperation between Chinese and German scholars, the Center has established a visiting fellowship program. During the fellowship period from April to August, the program provides several short-term fellowships at one of the Center’s partner institutions.

Within the framework of the Center, the project Conceptions of World Order and Their Social Carrier Groups is located at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (PI: Prof. Dr. Dominic Sachsenmaier) and closely collaborates with the University of Bonn and a range of other universities. The project researchers explore various patterns and rhythms of world order-related thinking in China, Europe and other regions. With an eye on conceptions of world order, the project not only analyzes images of global political and economic power formations but also includes into the picture other factors like cultural hegemonies or global social and religious movements. The project welcomes applications from scholars who are working in a field related to the project and conduct their research in a comparative manner and/or investigate transnational connections among intellectuals and other agents.


About the Visiting Fellowships

This call invites applications for visiting fellowships in 2023. The Center will be able to grant fellowships for one to four months for internationally renowned scholars with a Chinese (including Hong Kong/ Macau/Taiwan) university background. Applicants are expected to either be based at a Chinese university or to have studied/worked at one in the past. The exact beginning and end of the fellows’ stays are flexible and can be negotiated with the University of Göttingen; the preferred time window for the fellows’ residencies is between April and July 2023. Ideally, visiting fellows would team up with colleagues at the University of Göttingen.

The visiting fellowship comprises a monthly stipend of € 3.170 during the stay at the University of Göttingen (plus family supplements, depending on personal circumstances). Additionally, international travel costs of max. € 1.300 and national travel costs for travels to other locations of the Center during the stay in Germany will be funded.


About the application:

The project Conceptions of World Order and Their Social Carrier Groupsis open to all fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences but particularly encourages applications from the following fields: history, East Asian and other regional studies, anthropology, sociology, political sciences, and peace studies.

All applications should be submitted electronically in one PDF-file to our coordination office: office[at]worldmaking-china.org

Application materials include:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications
  • Project outline (1 page)
  • Preferred time and duration of your stay at University of Göttingen

The diversity of our project should also be reflected in the fellowships. We therefore welcome applicants irrespective of their cultural and social background, age, religion, world view, disabilities or sexual identity.

Applications will be evaluated by the selection committee by November. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process in November 2022.

While we are still closely monitoring the ongoing implications of the coronavirus pandemic on the safety and mobility of people, we would like to pursue the fellowships as announced in this call.

In case of any questions, please contact Mr. Andreas Weis (andreas.weis[at]uni-goettingen.de).