Post-doctoral fellowships


Main programme
(Deadline January 31st 2017)

The Herzog August Bibliothek is an independent research centre of the State of Lower Saxony and it awards fellowships to working  post-doctoral researchers in order to promote research in the areas of medieval and early modern cultural history. The international programme is open to all historically oriented disciplines. Projects should be centered on the historic book and manuscript holdings of the Wolfenbüttel library. Fellows are required to be in residence in Wolfenbüttel for the duration of their fellowship. 

Fellowships of between 2 and 12 months are either € 1250 (if fellows continue to receive full pay during their fellowship tenure) or € 1800 per month, plus a travel allowance to and from Wolfenbüttel. Fellowships carry a residence requirement and the library has its own housing facilities. Fellows are expected to contribute to the academic life of the library and participate in scholarly exchange. Complete applications for fellowships in the following calendar year must reach us by January 31st. Applications received after this date cannot be considered.

Please request an application form. Applications now being received are for fellowships in 2018.

Regulations for the Award of Fellowships at the Herzog August Bibliothek.

Please send an email to requesting an application form, which contains all the necessary information about documents to be submitted, and state the topic of your research:

HAB-Newberry Library Chicago

The Herzog August Bibliothek annually awards a two-month fellowship which is combined with a fellowship at
the Newberry Library Chicago. The aim is to support research projects which link the holdings of both libraries. Enquiries and applications should be addressed to the Newberry Library.

All enquiries on post-doctoral fellowships should be addressed to
Dr. Jill Bepler, Head of Fellowship programmes, Herzog August Bibliothek, Postfach 1364, D-38299 Wolfenbüttel; Tel. 05331/808-205; Fax: 05331-/808-266; E-Mail:

VolkswagenStiftung Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes Germany, including the HAB
(Deadline expired)

Through its funding initiative "Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in Germany and the USA" the Volkswagen Foundation aims to strengthen transatlantic academic relations, especially in the field of the Humanities. In this funding initiative, the Volkswagen Foundation works closely with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York.

In the context of this initiative, the two foundations cooperate with several universities and research institutes of excellence in Germany, including the Herzog August Bibliothek.

The Fellowships address postdocs based at American universities and research institutes working in the Humanities who wish to spend some time in Germany working on a research project.

Details of conditions and the application procedure can be found on the VolkswagenStiftung website. Applications must be filed electronically via the Foundation’s electronic application system. Applicants need a letter of support from the projected host institution. Please contact us directly in this regard:

Fellowships "Digital Humanities"

The Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel reseach association is calling for applications for several fellowships in the field of Digital Humanities. The programme is open to all disciplines and is directed towards young scholars (graduates at Master level) from Germany and abroad.


Senior Fellows Programme 2017-2018 at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
(Deadline expired)

The Herzog August Bibliothek is an independent research centre offering a wide range of scholarly and cultural programmes. The library has rich resources of books manuscripts and is able to award fellowships to promote research in the areas of medieval and early modern cultural history. The State of Lower Saxony has successfully initiated an international and interdisciplinary Senior Fellows Programme which will be prolonged for another two years. The aim is to bring experienced senior researchers and younger scholars together in the informal atmosphere of the Wolfenbüttel community of guest researchers. Senior Fellows scholarships are awarded for one to three months. The monthly fellowship is 2.700 Euros and a small travel subsidy is given towards the cost of travelling to and from Wolfenbüttel. The fellowship has a residence requirement and the library has its own rental accommodation for guest researchers.

The library would welcome applications from scholars whose projects are closely linked to the research profiles of the library's holdings and its own projects. These include European cultures of knowledge in the medieval and early modern period, the cultural history of politics and processes of cultural translation and cultural transfer in Europe and in a global context. There is a particular focus on self-narratives.  Other fields of interest are the material culture of the book and the mediality of iconographical authorization.
The programme is addressed to experienced senior scholars (full professor or comparable) both from Germany and abroad whose publications have made a significant contribution to current research and methodology.

Applications for the years 2017-2018 should be sent by June 1st 2016 by letter, including a short project description, to the Director: Professor Peter Burschel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Postfach 1364, 38299 Wolfenbüttel, or to: