Two Visiting Fellowships on Innovation and Innovation Society (Germany) July 17, 2019

Technische Universität Berlin

Application Deadline

July 17, 2019


3 months

Career Commencement

November 01, 2019

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The Offer

The internationally renowned Technische Universität Berlin is located in Germany’s capital city at the heart of Europe. The range of services offered by its seven Faculties serves to forge a unique link between the natural and technical sciences on the one hand, and the planning, economics and social sciences and humanities on the other.
The DFG graduate school “Innovation Society Today” at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, advertises two visiting fellowships. The fellowships are available for a period of three months, from November 2019 to January 2020. By following an extended notion of innovation, the graduate school strives to develop a sophisticated sociological view on innovation, which is more encompassing than conventional economic perspectives. The Graduate School addresses the following key question: How does the innovation society constitute its transformations reflexively as innovation? In the process of societal transformation, innovation becomes an increasingly reflexive, heterogeneously distributed, and ubiquitous phenomenon. Reflexivity in innovation relates to the ongoing and systematic production and reproduction of novelty in society based on a growing body of knowledge. Heterogeneously distributed innovation signals a shift from the individual entrepreneur to innovation produced in actor networks. Ubiquity of innovation signifies that novelty is no longer restricted to the traditional spheres of science and economy; rather, it has become a generalized imperative in modern society (innovation society).
The program is affiliated to the department of sociology, but applications from political science, history, philosophy, economics, STS and other fields that deal with innovation in society are encouraged. However, applicants should be able to present primary research interest in at least one innovation-related field that allows investigations of the characteristics (reflexivity, heterogeneity, and ubiquity) of innovation societies. Particularly those scholars who investigate innovation fields in societies that diverge in relevant dimensions from Germany (e.g. Global South), who investigate innovations in unexpected or divergent spheres of society (e.g., religion), or who investigate case examples differing from those of the doctoral students are encouraged to apply.
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Eligibility/ Requirements

The fellowships are aimed at late-stage doctoral candidates/early career scholars. A monthly grant of € 1,500 (tax-free, accident insurance cover; health insurance is, however, not included), as well as travel costs to and from Berlin at the beginning and end of the stay, are offered. Visiting fellows are expected to contribute to the discussions and activities of the graduate school (e.g. conducting a workshop), including an active role in the graduate school’s workshops and seminars. This will also include a presentation of current research during one of the seminars, as well as two reports on research findings and progress (mid-term and final).

Application Process

Applications are accepted only via email, preferably as a single PDF document. Please submit all documents to Please note that the deadline for applications and letters of recommendation is July 17th, 2019.

Applications should be in English and state in what way the applicant is expected to profit from the interaction with our graduate school, and vice-versa, as well as the preferred time period for the stay. They must also include

  1. a CV (including publications and language skills)
  2. copies of academic diplomas
  3. a short description (max. 3 pages) of the doctoral project in progress or, for post-docs, another project the applicant wants to progress on during his or her stay
  4. a (confidential) academic letter of recommendation from one university professor (for doctoral candidates, this should be a thesis supervisor), that should be emailed to us directly by the referee.

If you have any questions, please contact the graduate school’s academic coordinator, Dominika Hadrysiewicz

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