CfA [closed]: Short-term Postdoctoral Fellowships for New Delhi (ICAS-MP)

Closing date: 27 November 2015

“Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century” is the first M.S. Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (ICAS-MP) abroad that is financed by the German Ministry of Education and Research.

ICAS-MP will have its main location in New Delhi and is organised collectively by an Indo-German consortium consisting of the Centre for Modern India, University of Würzburg, the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, the Centre for the Study of Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC), Kolkata, the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi, the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt and the Max Weber Foundation, Bonn, with its German Historical Institute London (GHIL).

ICAS-MP combines the benefits of an open, interdisciplinary forum for intellectual exchange with the advantages of a cutting-edge research centre. The centre will focus on key political processes that have emerged in parallel in many parts of the world during the twentieth century through to the present day. A core objective of ICAS-MP consists in connecting scholars whose regional specialization usually tends to keep them apart. Scholarly exchange and joint exploration within ICAS-MP will be defined by a shared interest in examining the shifting boundaries, historically contingent contents, and intellectual lineages of the twentieth-century ‘political’ and by working comparatively, the Centre will highlight the overlapping yet distinctive trajectories of political processes that have unfolded over the globe.

ICAS-MP awards the following short-term postdoctoral fellowships for 2016:
Thematic Module 1 “History as a Political Category” (2 fellowships up to 3 months),
Thematic Module 2 “Labour as a Political Category” (2 fellowships between 7 and 11 months),
Thematic Module 4 “Normative Conflicts” (2-3 fellowships, depending on duration of fellowships between 3 and 9 months”),
Thematic Module 5 “Performing Gender” (2-3 fellowships, depending on duration of fellowships between 2 and 3 months).

For detailed module descriptions and responsible partners please consult the website of ICAS-MP (

Fellows will be based in Delhi at IEG.

There is a possibility that the postdoctoral fellows can subsequently also apply for a follow-up fellowship for the autumn/winter term 2016/17 at German partner Universities as well as the German Historical Institute London.

The monthly stipend starts at 1.500,00 €. Fellowship recipients will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to New Delhi. For additional family allowance, research travel grants, etc. see “Terms and Conditions” on our website.

Application Process

Interested applicants from related social sciences and humanities disciplines working on thematic fields relevant to ICAS:MP are invited to apply. Candidates will be selected on the basis of the quality and fit of their proposals, potential for academic distinction, and experience working cross culturally.

Applicants are expected to possess adequate language skills (English, and if required by the applicant´s research project, the respective Indian or other languages).

Applications (CV, a copy of last diploma, list of publications, project description – no more than 3000 words, research schedule for the fellowship period, letters of reference and/or full contact details of 3 referees) should be submitted by 25 September 2015 as one PDF (5 MB maximum) along with a cover letter of one page that briefly outlines your experience and qualifications by email to Beatrice Rennhack (

Enquiry: Professor Andreas Gestrich,

Ulla Menke

Ulla Menke arbeitet als Referentin für digitale Wissenschaftskommunikation für de.hypotheses bei der Max Weber Stiftung in Bonn. Interessensschwerpunkte sind mythologische Narrative, archetypische Symbole und Motive und ihre Rezeption in zeitgenössischer Literatur.

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  1. Neha Soi says:

    Pls notify me about jobs and fellowships concerning post colonial studies.

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    pl. notify me of updates, jobs and vacancies.

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