2021 Norbert Elias Fellowships for African Researchers

Deadline: February 15, 2021.

Are you interested in interdisciplinary cooperation? Do you want to be part of a high-level international team of researchers? Then you may want to apply for a Norbert Elias Fellowship at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld, Germany.
The ZiF is the Institute for Advanced Study of Bielefeld University and has been fostering outstanding interdisciplinary Research Groups for more than 50 years. The ZiF Research Group Economic and Legal Challenges in the Advent of Smart Products is convened by Prof. Dr Herbert Dawid, Bielefeld University, Prof. Dr Sabine Gless, University of Basel, and Prof. Dr
Gerd Muehlheusser, University of Hamburg. It will bring together international Fellows from different disciplines to work together at the ZiF from October 2021 to July 2022. The Research Group’s working language is English.


  1. Applications are welcome from senior researchers and postdocs from African universities from all disciplines whose research and publications are closely linked to the Research Group’s topic.
  2. In particular,applicants should demonstrate their willingness and ability to conduct high-level research in thematically relevant research fields such as innovation, industrial economics, law and economics, digitisation and smart products.
  3. Applicants should be interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and willing to engage in the activities of the Research Group, such as jour fixes, talks, workshops and conferences.
  4. Since our aim is also to extend our interdisciplinary networks to Africa, we are looking especially for researchers who are planning to continue their careers in Africa.


  1. The ZiF offers a monthly stipend of 3,000 € plus free accommodation at the ZiF’s campus and travel expenses.
  2. The ZiF will also contribute to health insurance costs.
  3. Fellows are very welcome to bring their families with them. The ZiF campus comprises flats from single room to family size to provide suitable accommodation.
  4. Fellows will also receive an additional allowance of 200 € per month per accompanying child.
  5. We will be happy to assist with finding appropriate childcare and educational facilities.


  1. For the application, please send us a CV and a letter of motivation (maximum three pages, CV excluded) describing your research and how you intend to contribute to the Research Group.
  2. Please attach one or two relevant publications and indicate how long you intend to stay (two to ten months).
  3. Please send your application in one PDF to:zif-elias-fellowship@uni-bielefeld.de

OFFICIAL LINK: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/ZiF/Aktuell/Norbert_Elias_Fellowships.pdf

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