Programme Description

The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) funds PhD projects on European history from the early modern period until 1989/90. We are particularly interested in projects
  • with a comparative or cross-border approach,
  • on European history in its relation to the wider world, or
  • on topics of intellectual and religious history.

The IEG Fellowships provide a unique opportunity to pursue your individual PhD project while living and working for 6–12 months at the Institute in Mainz. During the fellowship you are required to reside at the Institute in Mainz. You actively participate in the IEG's research community, the weekly colloquia and scholarly activities. We expect you to present your work at least once during your fellowship. The IEG preferably supports the writing up of dissertations; it will not provide funding for preliminary research, language courses or the revision of book manuscripts. The IEG encourages applications from women.

Target Group

The fellowship is open to PhD students from Germany and abroad (m/f/d) working in European history, the history of religion, historical theology, or other historical disciplines.

Academic Requirements

PhD students should have at least a Master's level degree in history, theology or another discipline which works historically. They must have been pursuing their doctorate for no more than 3 years at the time of taking up the fellowship, though exceptions may be made in exceptional circumstances.

Number of Scholarships



6-12 months

Scholarship Value

The IEG Fellowships provide a unique opportunity to pursue your individual PhD project while living and working for 6–12 months at the Institute in Mainz. The monthly stipend is 1,350 EUR. Additionally, you can apply for family or child allowance.

Application Papers

Required application documents:
  • the completed application form (available on our website)
  • curriculum vitae and a list of publications (if applicable) (please do not send photographs)
  • an outline of the PhD thesis (up to 15,000 characters excluding footnotes and spaces)
  • the structure of the PhD thesis
  • a detailed timetable for the intended stay at the Institute
  • copies of university transcripts and proof of language competence
Please combine all of your application materials except for the application form into a single PDF and send your application to:
Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the referees.
You may write in either English or German; we recommend that you use the language in which you are most proficient.

Application Deadline

The next deadline for applications is 15 August 2022 for IEG Fellowships beginning in March 2023 or later.
The IEG has two deadlines each year for IEG Fellowships: 15 February and 15 August.

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