The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany in conjunction with the International Balzan Prize Foundation offers three 6-month Junior Fellowships in Global Environmental History for the period from February to July 2022

Application deadline: June 30, 2021

The fellowships are funded from the Balzan Prize for Global History awarded to Professor Jürgen Osterhammel by the Fondazione Internationale Premio Balzan. They are addressed to scholars preparing a post-doctoral research monograph (‘second book’) on a topic of global environmental history in a broad sense, including climate history, energy history, the history of disease, animal history, or historical geography. An additional interest in the theory and methodology of global or transnational history is welcome and should be specified in the application. Fellows will join the multidisciplinary – and mainly English-speaking – community at FRIAS and will have full access to the facilities and activities of the Institute as well as to the rich academic life at Freiburg University. They have no formal obligations apart from presenting their work to the FRIAS Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium and joining Jürgen Osterhammel and the co-director of the Balzan-FRIAS Project in Global History, Professor Stefanie Gänger (Heidelberg), in occasional workshops and informal discussions on conceptual issues of global history.

Full-time presence at FRIAS is expected as the main purpose of the fellowship is to provide time for undisturbed work on a book project.

For further details, see https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/de/personen/fellows/aktuelle-fellows/osterhammel and https://www.balzan.org/en/prizewinners/jurgen-osterhammel/research-project-osterhammel

The full-time fellowships will be awarded for six months, from February to July 2022. Successful applicants will receive a salary according to grade TV-L E13 (the standard rate for junior scientific staff at German universities; salary depends on experience and amounts to at least 2,400 Euro net per month). The economy inbound and outbound journey will be covered. Furthermore a research cost contribution of 1,000 € is available on demand. The Institute provides its fellows with modern office space and an up-to-date infrastructure. Accommodation is available through the university guest house and additional centrally located apartments. Fellows have full access to all library services from one of the leading German university libraries.

Electronic applications including:

  • a short letter of motivation
  • a CV
  • a research proposal detailing the specific aims to be pursued at FRIAS
  • names and addresses of three referees (no letters of recommendation are required at this stage, and your referees will not necessarily be contacted)

Send the above in one single PDF-file to Professor Jürgen Osterhammel ([email protected]).

Furthermore a separate PDF-file of the Ph.D. thesis (published or in manuscript) should be added to the application.

  • URL or contact email for more information: Professor Jürgen Osterhammel ([email protected])

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