Applicants that fulfill the following criteria are eligible
You may apply if you have submitted your dissertation. In this case please provide confirmation by the office who accepted your thesis.
In the event that you finished your doctoral degree but the certificate has not yet been issued, please include confirmation by the PhD Examination Committee that the examination procedure has been completed.
Once you enter your referees’ details in the application portal, and click on "send email to referees", your referees will be sent an email with a link through which they can upload their reference letters.
It is your responsibilty to check if your referees are willing to provide a reference for you and if they have received the link to upload their reference.
Only if there is a technical problem, references may be sent directly to email@example.com, clearly marked “Reference for DAHLEM POSTDOC FELLOWSHIP 2017: lastname firstname”. “lastname firstname” in this case refers to your name. The letters should be addressed to the DRS Postdoc Fellowship Program:
DRS Postdoc Fellowship Program
Dahlem Research School
Freie Universität Berlin
They should NOT be sent by post. Only electronic reference letters will be accepted.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate, at the point of the application deadline, at least six months’ research experience during the doctoral or postdoctoral phase, in a country different to the country in which they completed their PhD. Applicants who completed both their doctorate and any postdoctoral periods solely in one country, do not meet this requirement. Three months of the international research experience should be an uninterrupted stay.
As part of your application, you are expected to contact a potential host professor and ask them to sign a declaration of commitment. On this form, the professor also has to provide a statement of how the proposed project connects with the their field of research and seek a counter signature from the host project.
When contacting a host, please note that only those professors can be hosts who are conducting full-time research at Freie Universität Berlin.
Please understand that you are expected to independently find a host professor. Use the website of your chosen host project to identify suitable professors to contact.
It is your responsibility to write a project proposal that fits in with the one of the listed collaborative projects. Once you have a specific idea, it is possible to contact the project to discuss how well it would fit.
DAHLEM POSTDOC FELLOWS are integrated into Freie Universität Berlin’s research networks:
1) Affective Societies - Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds (CRC 1171)
Key topics: Emotions and affect as basis for every kind of social activity; establishing a new long-term understanding of societies as affective societies; acknowledging the fundamental importance of emotionality and affectivity for social life in the mobile, networked, and mediatized worlds of the 21st century.
Research fields: 16 subprojects from 11 disciplines in the social sciences and cultural studies are working in three focus areas on the affective and emotional dynamics linked to social and cultural mobility processes. Focus area A is looking at the movements of actors across social and cultural borders and studying the profound affective and emotional consequences of transnational migration. Focus area B is investigating the dissemination, formation, and transformation of emotion repertoires in the arts, in the media, and in transnational organizations. Focus area C is concentrating on the consequences of transnational mobility and the dissolution of cultural borders for affective dynamics within and between social collectives.
For further details regarding the CRC 1171 Affective Societies visit www.sfb1171.de.
2) Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function (CRC1078)
Key topics: Experimental biophysics and computational investigations on the role of protons in protein function with focus on photosystem II, cytochrome-c-oxidase, phytochromes, and light-gated ion channels (channel rhodoposins).
For further details, visit www.sfb1078.de.
1) Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS)
Research fields: Plural Traditions, Travelling Traditions, Rethinking Social Order, Governance Contested, Sacred Topographies.
For further details regarding the BGSMCS please visit www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de.
2) Berlin Mathematical School (BMS)
For further details regarding the BMS please visit www.math-berlin.de.
3) Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies
Key topic 1: Literature from a transnational perspective
Key topic 2: Literature as textual practice: Digital Humanities
Candidates have to demonstrate a very good command of German and English (B2/C1). For further details regarding the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies please visit www.fsgs.fu-berlin.de.
4) Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS)
Research fields: The interdisciplinary analysis of origins, effects or interdependence of institutions in East Asia from a social science perspective; Trans-regional phenomena, interregional comparisons, or regional case studies in China, Japan and Korea.
For further details regarding the GEAS please visit www.geas.fu-berlin.de.
5) Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS)
Research fields: GSNAS is committed to all aspects of the study of the United States and Canada. We welcome proposals for interdisciplinary research projects related to or rooted in the disciplines of cultural studies, economics, history, literary studies, political science and sociology.
For further information, please visit our website at www.jfki.fu-berlin.de/en/graduateschool/about/research_areas/index.html.
6) Topoi - The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations examines the interdependence of space and knowledge in civilizations of the Ancient Near East, the Mediterranean, and Black Sea region and parts of the Eurasian steppe from the 6th millennium BC to around AD 500.
Topics to be explored range from the dynamics of political, economic and societal development to the archaeological and geo-scientific reconstruction of ancient landscapes; from the description of spaces in images and texts to the scholarly reconstruction of those spaces in ancient philosophy and mathematics. The category of knowledge concerns the form in which information is recorded and passed on and refers to practically applied knowledge, empirical knowledge and theoretical treatments of natural phenomena.
For further questions regarding Topoi please visit www.topoi.org.
1) Center for Area Studies (CAS)
Research fields: The interdisciplinary analysis of transcultural and/or transnational phenomena and processes, in particular: contestations and alternatives to liberal prescriptions and self-prescriptions and the consequences thereof.
For further details regarding the CAS please visit www.fu-berlin.de/sites/cas.
2) Dahlem Humanities Center (DHC)
The Dahlem Humanities Center creates an overarching interdisciplinary framework for the unique breadth of research in the humanities at Freie Universität. It acknowledges the value of creative individual ideas, while at the same time building bridges to larger agendas in the humanities. The numerous institutes in the Humanities are organized in two Departments: Department of Philosophy and Humanities (http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/einrichtungen/fachbereiche/fb/phil-geist/) and Department of History and Cultural Studies (http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/einrichtungen/fachbereiche/fb/gesch-kultur/index.html). The DHC welcomes fellows from all over the world and introduces them to inspiring research communities, thereby fostering international research exchange on all academic career levels.
For further details regarding the Dahlem Humanities Center please visit www.fu-berlin.de/dhc.
3) Dynamics of Aging (DynAge)
Key topics: Disease in Human Aging: Tumors, Cardiovascular Disease, Musculoskeletal diseases, and Cognitive disorders/ depression.
For further details regarding NanoScale please visit www.nanoscale.fu-berlin.de.
You should of course have good knowledge of German if it is necessary to carry out your project successfully. Some host projects require a certain level of German. Please check here before you apply.
Generally, a good knowledge of English is sufficient and as part of the DAHLEM POSTDOC FELLOWSHIP program you will be offered a place on an intensive German course on arrival.
If you have ever interrupted your academic career partially or completely, for child-rearing or other reasons such as illness or looking after a member of your family, please list all periods of leave in the CV Template. We will assess whether these periods can be taken into account in calculating your eligibility. For applicants with children, one year per child will automatically be added to the permitted duration since PhD completion. If you have any further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.