Post-doctoral fellowships

Fellowships at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel 2019
(Application deadline expired)

The Herzog August Bibliothek is an independent research centre funded by the State of Lower Saxony. The scope of the library’s holdings constitutes a unique archive of European culture. Manuscripts, incunabula, rare books and special collections such as engravings, maps and 20th-century artists’ books, enable almost unlimited studies of cultures of knowledge in a global perspective. The library conducts its own research projects in the fields of medieval and early modern studies, holds conferences and organizes a vibrant programme of cultural activities. Among the topics which currently form the focus of the library’s own research programmes are cultural translation, material culture, the history of collections and collecting.

Fellowships have a residence requirement and guest researchers can be accommodated in the library’s guest houses for the duration of their fellowship. Fellowships funded by the State of Lower Saxony are open to all researchers who have already received their PhD. The international programme is open to all historically oriented disciplines.

The Academic Advisory Board will select of fellows who will be in residence during the calendar year 2019 at a meeting in the summer of 2018. The deadline for applications is 31. January 2018.

There are now two categories of fellowship:

Post-doc Fellowships

Early career scholars who received their PhD within 6 years of submitting their application* may apply for a long-term fellowship of between 6 and 10 months. The library will award from 4 to 6 such fellowships annually.

The monthly fellowship is € 2.200. The fellowship holder will receive a one-time reimbursement for the cost of travel to and from Wolfenbüttel (max. € 2.000). Fellows who bring their families to Wolfenbüttel may apply for a monthly child supplement (one child: € 300; two children € 400; three or more € 500).

*for applications submitted in January 2018 the PhD must have been awarded in 2012 or later.

Short-term Fellowships

The fellowships are addressed to a broad range of scholars of all career stages (from post-doc to emeriti) wishing to make a short visit in order to gather source material. Applications can be made for stays of between one and three months. The monthly fellowship is € 1.800. A travel subsidy will also be paid (between € 150 and max. € 650, depending on country of origin).

Please request an application form by email, stating your research topic and either the reference “post-doc” or “short-term”, depending on which programme you are interested in:

Enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Elizabeth Harding; Tel. 05331-808-239; e-mail:

Further information on the library, its holdings and programmes may be found at


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

Application deadline: September 11, 2018

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:

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. Elizabeth Harding, Fellowship programmes, Herzog August Bibliothek, Postfach 1364, D-38299 Wolfenbüttel; Tel. 05331/808-239; 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.