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Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships (China/Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan) 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 for researchers to visit the Center in Germany and a research fellowship program for researchers based at a German university to conduct fieldwork or archival work in China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan.

The research fellowship program provides short-term stipends for researchers interested in collaborating with Chinese fellows in residence in Göttingen. Research fellows will be supported in carrying out their own research projects, preferably in cooperation with scholars at the Center’s partner institutions abroad. They will also be given the opportunity to discuss their research during short-term stays at the Center. Both early career and senior researchers are eligible to apply.

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 Research Fellowships

This call invites applications for (tandem) research fellowships in 2023 supporting fieldwork or archival research in China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan as well as short-term stays at the Center’s locations in Germany.

Short-term stays in Göttingen should preferably be scheduled for a period of one to four months in 2023 (between April-August). The monthly stipend for stays at the Center’s locations in Germany is about € 2.000/month. In addition, the Center will be able to grant stipends of € 4.000 for research stays of one month or longer at a university in China/Hong Kong/Taiwan (applications for shorter trips are also eligible).


About the application:

Fellowship applications are open to all outstanding early career and senior scholars situated at German universities. The project “Conceptions of World Order and Their Social Carrier Groups” is 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).