The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation are offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches – following the example set by Albert Einstein.
The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in the garden cottage of Einstein`s own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg, only a short distance away from the universities and academic institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. The fellow will receive a stipend of EUR 10,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic the current Einstein Fellow will not be able to take up residence in Caputh before next year. Therefore the following fellowship will be awarded for 2022 rather than 2021. All applications that have already been submitted will be considered in the next selection round. The new application deadline is May 15, 2021. Should you wish to withdraw your application, please let us know.
Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences. Applications for 2022
should include a CV, a two-page project proposal, and two letters of recommendation
. All documents must be received by May 15, 2021
At the end of the fellowship period, the fellow will be expected to present his or her project in a public lecture at the Einstein Forum and at the Daimler and Benz Foundation. The Einstein Fellowship is not intended for applicants who wish to complete an academic study they have already begun.
A successful application must demonstrate the quality, originality, and feasibility of the proposed project, as well as the superior intellectual development of the applicant. It is not relevant whether the applicant has begun working toward, or currently holds, a PhD. The proposed project need not be entirely completed during the time of the fellowship, but can be the beginning of a longer project.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO FELLOWSHIPS WILL BE GIVEN FOR DISSERTATION RESEARCH. THE PROPOSED PROJECT MUST BE SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT IN CONTENT, AND PREFERABLY FIELD AND FORM, FROM THE APPLICANT’S PREVIOUS WORK.
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1. What kind of projects can I propose?
2. How different should my proposed project be from my previous work?
3. Can I propose two projects?
4. Should I attach the letters of reference in my application, or should my recommenders send them separately?
5. Is TOEFL/IELTS required?
6. When will I hear back about my application?
7. When does the fellowship take place?
8. Is it mandatory to stay in Einstein’s summer house?
9. What may the stipend be used for?
10. Can my family come? Does the fellowship cover travel expenses of family members?
11. My application was rejected. Can I reapply next year?
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The Albert Einstein Fellowship supports creative, interdisciplinary thought by giving young scholars the chance to pursue research outside their previous area of work. The fellowship, previously awarded by the Einstein Forum and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (2007 – 2009), since 2010 the fellowship is awarded by the Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation and was received by:
Mischa Gabowitsch (D/RUS), 2007
Exportschlager Vergangenheitsbewältigung. Russland und der deutsche Umgang mit der NS-Vergangenheit
Amber Carpenter (SA/UK), 2008
Metaphysics as Ethics in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
Péter Zilahy (Hungary), 2009
Architectural Essays on Berlin
Amr Bargisi (Egypt), 2011
Is an Islamic Haskalah Possible? Natural Right in Communities Dominated by Religion
Tyrell Caroline Haberkorn (Australia), 2012
Sisters in Sedition
Polina Aronson (D/RUS), 2013
Yearning for Germany. A collection of short stories on migration from the former USSR to Germany
Jingyang Yu (China), 2014
Exclusions in insurance contracts: an implicit religion?
Tanya Zaharchenko (Ukraine), 2015
Memory in Flux. Murder and Legend in Post-War Kharkiv
Nimrod Reitman (Israel/USA), 2016
From Monteverdi to Mahler: Undoing Lamentation
Thomas Meaney (USA), 2017
Expectations of Modernity Revisited: Toward a History of the 1990s
Nari Shelekpayev (Kazakhstan), 2018
Making Opera in the Steppe: A Political History of Musical Theatre in Kazakhstan, 1930-2015
Ryan Ruby (USA), 2019
Into the Middle of Things: A Collection of Linked Historical Fictions on Politics and Media Technology from the Oral Epic to the Digital Present
Shyam Wuppuluri (India), 2021