Short-term Research Fellowship in Religion and Urbanity (Germany) Deadline: April 22, 2019

Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt

Application Deadline

April 22, 2019

Program Commencement

September 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

3 to 6 Months

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Program Details

The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Max-Weber-Kolleg) at the University of Erfurt is a highly ranked international research centre. Its ‘Weberian’ research program combines historical, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives with an interest in normative issues in the social sciences. It has a focus on contemporary social challenges, especially those arising in connection with (religious) plurality, cultural diversity and social processes of acceleration and growth. The core disciplines at the Max-Weber-Kolleg are sociology, economics, religious studies, law, philosophy, history and theology.

The Kollegforschungsgruppe (KFG, “DFG-Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities”) “Religion and Urbanity. Reciprocal Transformations” at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies of the University of Erfurt (Max-Weber-Kolleg) invites applications for short-term fellowships. Fellows must reside in Erfurt during the fellowship period.

The KFG investigates the co-constitution and co-evolution of religion and the urban. This comprises the reciprocal processes deriving from, but also impacting on objects, architecture, and texts, but also on narratives, imaginaries and aspirative imaginations. The fellowships are awarded to scholars working in the Humanities, especially in the fields of History or of History of Religion (or in the fields of Sociology and Urban Studies with a focus on historical and religious developments). The KFG is financed by the German Research Foundation (FOR 2779) and directed by Prof. Dr. Susanne Rau and Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke.

Read more about the Max-Weber-Kolleg and the KFG.

Eligibility/ Requirements

To be eligible for a fellowship, the candidate must 

  • have an outstanding academic record
  • at least one published monograph
  • a minimum of three years of postdoc research experience.

The applicants must propose a research project to be conducted during the fellowship within the framework of the KFG. The Fellows are required to participate actively in the interdisciplinary and intercultural life of the Centre and to contribute to the weekly colloquia of the KFG.

Fellows will be provided with office space including work facilities. Working languages are English and German. The fellowships start either on 1 April or 1 September/1 October (beginning of the terms). Financial arrangements take the individual situation of the awardees of the fellowships into account and are based on the principle “no loss, no gain” (e.g., covering of additional costs, compensating salary reductions or payment for preplacement teaching).

Application Process

Please submit your applications with the following documents as a combined pdf-file (maximum of 15 MB, publications may be presented in separate files) to

  • a cover letter that indicates the preferred period for your stay at Erfurt
  • an outline of the research project you would like to pursue addressing the KFG´s research focus (2,000-4,000 words) with a stringent discussion of your a) research questions, b) the state of research on the topic, c) the methodological approach and the leading hypotheses as well as d) a working schedule with a projected date of completion and publications of results
  • a curriculum vitae
  • copies of your last university degrees
  • list of publications
  • electronic copies of up to three of your monographs or articles relevant for the research focus.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Asuman Lätzer-Lasar. Email:

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