Call for Applications: Collaborative Fellowships in the History of Knowledge


Call for Applications

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) have established a joint interdisciplinary Fellowship program to commence in March 2023.

The ISRF is a public benefit foundation dedicated to advancing the social sciences through the promotion of new modes of inquiry and the development of interdisciplinary expertise and methods.

Resuming the successful interdisciplinary workshop between social scientists and historians in 2018 ("Relating Pasts and Presents - History of Science and Social Science"), the ISRF and the MPIWG wish to support pairs of researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds to conduct collaborative research in the field of the history of knowledge.

Researchers may apply from across the social sciences and the humanities. Proposals should investigate original research ideas and specify potential applications to real-world problems, on regional or global scales. Each pair of scholars would preferably combine historical with contemporary perspectives on the sources and effects of knowledge formations, in scientific, humanistic, economic, social, technological, or environmental domains.

The awards are intended to provide a research stipend (to cover living costs plus reasonable research expenses) for a period of up to five months—with a core, mandatory period of four months commencing March 1, 2023—for the purpose of working together on an interdisciplinary project, based at the MPIWG in Berlin for the duration of the fellowship.


How to apply?

The application process is open now and will be closed by 18:00 CET on January 28, 2022.

Please find the full Call for Applications, including details about the eligibility of projects and the terms and conditions of participation, on the ISRF website.