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International Doctoral Fellowships in Germany

Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society


  • The center will award Rachel Carson Center Fellowships to scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines;

  • Intended for candidates whose work promotes public engagement with the topic of transformations in environment and society;


Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society is awarding fellowships to postdoctoral and senior fellows from a variety of countries and disciplines. There are five types of fellowships, with a common applicaiton deadline due to 01/31/2016. These fellowships values may change depending on the applicant, but some can go up to 64,000 euros. 


About the fellowship

The center awards fellowships to post-doctoral scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should ideally pertain to the central theme of the RCC: transformations in environment and society. Research at the RCC is concerned with questions of the interrelationship between environmental and social changes, and in particular the reasons—the social, political, cultural, and environmental factors—behind these transformations. The concept of “transformations” gives us an adjustable lens that allows us to keep in our sights a vast range of changes—from the quick adjustments in human behavior that interest sociologists to the gradual changes over millennia that are central for geologists and climatologists, and of course the short- and long-term shifts that fascinate historians and philosophers.

All fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major project, to attend the weekly lunchtime colloquium, and to present their project at the center. Please note that for all fellowship types, the RCC does not sponsor field trips or archival research.



Types of fellowships

- Carson writing fellowships

These fellowships are at the center of our fellowship program and are awarded to scholars aiming to complete several major articles or a book project in the environmental humanities. The program awards writing fellowships only.

- Interdisciplinary writing fellowships

To promote cooperation across disciplinary boundaries, we invite applications for interdisciplinary fellowships. Scholars from the humanities should apply together with scholars from the sciences or field practitioners with the purpose of authoring a collaborative project. These fellowships are only intended for writing.

Applicants should be drawn from at least two separate institutions or organizations. One of these can be an institution at LMU Munich; in fact, preference will be given to scholars who plan to collaborate with scholars from Munich. Please note that funding will only be awarded to the non-Munich partners. All members of the collaboration should plan to be in residence in Munich at the same time.

As a rule, scholars should apply for a residential fellowship of between 3 and 12 months, or a series of 3-month fellowships. But we would consider in principle other models, for example short-term cooperations over a longer period of time.

- Outreach fellowships

The outreach fellowship is intended for candidates whose work promotes public engagement with the topic of transformations in environment and society. We invite applications from documentary filmmakers and writers in particular.

- Short-term fellowships

Short-term fellowships (1-8 weeks) are designed to encourage genuinely explorative partnerships and dialogue across disciplinary divides and between theory and practice. These fellows come to Munich to develop a specific project— for example, a joint publication, a workshop, or other collaborative research projects.

- SoF fellowships

Former Carson fellows are not ordinarily eligible for a second writing or outreach fellowship from the RCC. However, the RCC’s alumni association, the Society of Fellows (SoF), in conjunction with the RCC, offers alumni fellowships of 3-6 months. 



The RCC will pay for a replacement of the successful candidate at his or her home institution; alternatively it will pay a stipend that is commensurate with experience and current employment. Fellowship funding is determined and negotiated on an individual basis between each fellow and the directors.

The amount depends on numerous factors, including the fellow’s current salary level,  their level of experience, the number of people (partners, family members) accompanying the fellow, the duration of the fellowship, and the continuation of funding from their home institution. Fellows can either keep their salary—in this case the Carson Center replaces the salary at the fellow’s home institution—or they receive their own separate fellowship. Initially, fellows will be asked to classify themselves and make a suggestion for fellowship funding based on their current situation.

It may serve as a point of orientation that the gross basic income of a chair at Bavarian universities is 64,000 euros, that of a tenured associate professor is around 52,000 euros, and that of a tenure-track junior professor (with one or two book publications) is 46,000 euros per annum. 


How to apply

All successful applicants should plan to begin their fellowship between 1 September 2017 and 1 December 2018; it will not be possible to start a fellowship awarded in this round at a later date. Decisions about the fellowships will be announced in mid-May 2017. Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. The RCC will pay for a teaching replacement of the successful candidate at his or her home institution; alternatively it will pay a stipend that is commensurate with experience and current employment and which also conforms to funding guidelines.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2017. Applications must be made in the online portal. The application portal will be open from 1 January - 31 January 2017. It closes at midnight (Central European Time) on 31 January.

Candidates are welcome to apply for more than one type of fellowship. In such cases, the candidate should submit a new application for each fellowship type. If successful, the candidate will only be awarded one fellowship.

The application should discuss the RCC’s core research theme “transformations in environment and society” in their project description or the cover letter and should include the following:

- Cover letter (750 words maximum)

- Curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum)

- Project description (1,000 words maximum)

- Research schedule for the fellowship period (300 words maximum)

- Names and contact information of three scholars as referees

Please note that in order to be eligible for all fellowships except the outreach fellowships, applicants must have completed their doctorate by the application deadline (31 January 2017). Scholars already based in the greater Munich area are not eligible.

Applicants may write their application in either English or German; please use the language in which they are most proficient. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by mid-May 2017.

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