2020 Balzan Junior Fellowships in Global History

Deadline: March 31, 2020.

The fellowships are funded from the Balzan Prize for Global History awarded to Professor Jürgen Osterhammel by the Fondazione Internationale Premio Balzan.

Fellows will join the multidisciplinary – and mainly English-speaking – community at FRIAS and will have full access to the facilities and activities of the Institute as well as to the rich academic life at Freiburg University. They have no formal obligations apart from presenting their work to the FRIAS Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium and joining Jürgen Osterhammel and the co-director of the Balzan-FRIAS Project in Global History, Professor Stefanie Gänger (Heidelberg), in occasional workshops and informal discussions on conceptual issues of global history. Full-time presence at FRIAS is expected as the main purpose of the fellowship is to provide time for undisturbed work on a book project.


They are addressed to scholars preparing a post-doctoral research monograph (‘second book’) on a global history topic, preferably focused on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. ‘Global history’ is to be understood in a broad sense including the study of cross-cultural connectivity, comparative approaches and the history of global thought and imaginaries. An additional interest in the theory and methodology of global (and/or transnational) history is welcome and should be specified in the application.


1. Successful applicants will receive a salary according to grade TV-L E13 (the standard rate for junior scientific staff at German universities; salary depends on experience and amounts to at least 2300 Euro net per month). The economy inbound and outbound journey will be covered.

2. Furthermore, a research cost contribution of up to 3,000 € is available.

3. The Institute provides its fellows with modern office space and an up-to-date infrastructure. Accommodation is available through the university guest house and additional centrally located apartments. Fellows have full access to all library services from one of the leading German university libraries.


Applications including

  • a short motivation letter
  • a CV
  • a research proposal detailing the specific aims to be pursued at FRIAS
  • a list of additional publications
  • names and addresses of three referees (no letters of recommendation are required at this stage)

in one single PDF-file should be sent to Professor Jürgen Osterhammel  (juergen.osterhammel@frias.uni-freiburg.de). Furthermore, a separate PDF-file of the Ph.D. thesis (published or in manuscript) should be added to the application.



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