Post-doctoral fellowships

Main programme for PhD holders and advanced researchers - under revision (Deadline January 31st 2018)

The Herzog August Bibliothek is an independent research centre of the State of Lower Saxony and it awards fellowships to post-doctoral researchers in order to promote research in the areas of medieval and early modern cultural history. The international programme, which is funded by the State of Lower Saxony, 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. 

The structure of the fellowship payments is currently under revision. Details of the programme will be advertised and the call for applications launched by mid-October 2017. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2018.

Applications will refer to fellowships in the calendar year 2019.

Please send an email to request 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:

Senior Fellows in Wolfenbüttel - Lessing Fellowships funded by the Dr. phil. Fritz-Wiedemann Foundation in the Stifterverband, 2017-2018
(Application deadline expired)

The Dr. phil. Fritz-Wiedemann Foundation has in the past funded several short-term fellowship programmes at the Herzog August Bibliothek which have been of importance for the development of the library's research profile. In order to strengthen research on Enlightement topics, a new Senior Fellows programme has been established, providing two fellowships annually in 2017 and 2018.

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 in 18th-century studies and who would like to use the library's holdings for research on a new topic. In the spirit of the interests of the founder of the Wiedemann-Stiftung, a focus on political and intellectual history, cultural transfer, art history and the history of books and printing would be welcome. 

Fellows are expected to take part in the intellectual exchange at the library and to participate in the informal gatherings  that promote, in particular to engaging with younger scholars and discussing their research topics. During their tenure fellows will be asked to give a public lecture geared to a general audience on some aspect of their research.

The 6-week fellowship consists of a single payment of 3.000 € and a travel subsidy.

Applications for fellowships to be take up between 1st August 2017 and December 2018 should be sent by May 1st 2017, including a short project description, c.v. and list of publications, to: There are no forms.