📢📢 Call for Applications: International Senior Fellowship Programme 2025-26 (Germany)

The College for Social Sciences and Humanities is calling for applications for the International Senior Fellowship Programme. This unique opportunity is open to advanced international researchers who seek to collaborate with tandem partners from the University Alliance Ruhr on research projects in the fields of social sciences and/or humanities. The six-month research fellowships at the College may start in March 2025 or September 2025. Up to 20 Senior Fellowships will be awarded.


Application Requirements

Interested applicants should:

  • be advanced and well-established senior researchers, preferably R4 level (which is equivalent to a full professor ranking)
  • be active members of an university or research institution
  • have an outstanding research profile in the social sciences and/or the humanities (proven primarily by a significant track record of excellent publications)
  • have completed a doctorate at least six years prior to the application
  • have identified a member of the UA Ruhr as a potential tandem partner prior to the application (please click here to learn more about potential tandem partners)



During the fellowship, fellows are expected to:

  • live and work in the Ruhr area, Germany
  • be present at the College at least three days per week (Tue – Thu)
  • actively take part in the weekly colloquium as well as in other academic activities of the College, such as conferences, lectures, reading groups
  • collaborate with the tandem partner on a regular basis
  • organise at least one event, such as workshop, lecture, seminar with the tandem partner
  • acknowledge the College for Social Sciences and Humanities in talks and publications related to the fellowship

The working language at the College is English, proficiency in German is not mandatory.


Scope of Support

  • Fellows who are granted leave of absence with continued payment of their salary will receive a general allowance of €3,050 per month (pre-tax), a family allowance of €250 per month (if applicable), and a mobility allowance of €125 per month to cover relocation costs.
  • Fellows who are granted leave of absence without continued payment of their salary will be funded by means of a compensation agreement within reasonable limits (with approximately €7,100 pre-tax per month). Alternatively, fellows may receive a monthly grant of €5,000 (pre-tax).
  • A project budget of €7,500 max. (€1,250 per month) to support the collaboration, e.g. joint workshops, conferences, publications
  • Travel expenses and visa costs
  • Costs for accommodation, health insurance and other expenses to be covered by the fellows



Interested parties should first identify a tandem partner from the UA Ruhr and submit their application with required documents via the online form by 11 June 2024, 05:59 (HKT). Selected candidates will be informed shortly after the selection which takes place in July / August. 



For further information, please refer to the webpage. For enquiries, please contact Sophia-Helena Zwaka (fellowship@college-uaruhr.de). Applicants are advised to send a copy of their application to the Office of Academic Links (c/o Ms. Ching Yee Lai; chingyee@cuhk.edu.hk) for record.  

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