The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) awards Research fellowships for international PhD students

The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) awards research fellowships for international PhD students for a research stay in Mainz beginning in January 2017 or later.

The IEG awards fellowships for international junior researchers in history, theology and other historical subjects. The IEG promotes research on the historical foundations of Europe from the early modern period to the 20th century, particularly regarding their religious, political and social dimensions. Projects dealing with European communication and transfer processes as well as projects focusing on questions related to theology, church history and intellectual history are particularly welcome.

What we offer
Funding is currently € 1200/month. Research fellows live and work for between 6 and 12 months at the Institute in Mainz and can pursue their individual PhD project. They are also invited to collaborate with the academic staff of the IEG, according to their particular fields of interest ( Fellows live and work at the Institute and are advised by a mentor from among the IEG’s academic staff. The IEG’s specialised library and the wider academic infrastructure of Mainz are available for their research.

Applications are invited from doctoral candidates of any nationality. Applicants must already have a degree in history, theology or another historical subject. They should not have pursued their PhD project for more than three years when taking up the fellowship. PhD theses continue to be supervised and are completed under the auspices of the fellows’ home universities. Fellows are required to register officially as residents in Mainz and to reside and take part in events at the Institute. They should have a sufficient command of German in order to participate in discussions at the Institute. Fellows are not permitted to undertake paid work while receiving the IEG scholarship.

Please send your application via e-mail to:
Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte
Directors | Professor Irene Dingel and Professor Johannes Paulmann
Subject: Stipendienbewerbung

Please attach (as two files) the application form (download: ) including:

Curriculum vitae and (if applicable) a list of publications
brief description of the PhD thesis (5 pages, up to 1500 words)
structure of the PhD thesis, detailed working plan and schedule for
the intended stay at the Institute
Copies of university transcripts

The primary academic advisor emails an up-to-date reference directly to the IEG by the
application deadline (

The reference should discuss (please avoid a general letter of recommendation):

The applicant’s academic qualifications
Topic matter, goal and current state of the PhD project
A synopsis of work to be done in Mainz along with possible time and work

Please ensure that your attachment is no larger than 4 MB.

Please note that applications submitted late or incomplete cannot be taken into consideration.

For further information on the fellowship program and application see:

Contact Info:
Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG)
Barbara Müller
Fellowship Programme
Alte Universitaetsstraße 19
55116 Mainz – Germany
Tel. +49 (0)6131 – 39 393 75