The 2017/2018 scholarships will be awarded to applicants with a special interest in the history of conflict moderation during the Cold War. When and by which means did conflict moderation succeed or fail? Who was involved? What were the intellectual and political guidelines, where did they originate, who sponsored them? Was there a mutual relation or impact between civil society-actors and professional diplomats? Which conflicts were moderated, which ignored? Are these modes of conflict moderation of any relevance for the post-Cold War world? Historians of international relations, of the history of détente and arms control, of cultural affairs and the history of ideas are encouraged to submit their applications.

Fellows will be granted the opportunity to launch or complete a major, independent scholarly project and, if needed, to conduct research in German and Berlin archives. The grant will not be awarded for the completion of dissertation manuscripts.

We presuppose that all applicants are willing to cooperate with colleagues from the participating institutions (Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin, the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany and the Humboldt University Berlin). Fellows are also expected during their stay in Berlin to give a public lecture on their topic. If they are staying for twelve months, they are also requested to host a non-public workshop on an issue related to their project.

Fellowship Benefits

Fellowships carry a monthly award of € 2,200.00. If required, a monthly allowance of € 400.00 is added for family / children, which might partially be allocated for the rent.

Fellows must reside in Berlin. An apartment will be provided if they are not from Berlin. Travel costs (air/rail) to arrive in and depart from Berlin will be covered. Also covered are mobility costs for public transportation and visits to archives within Germany totaling max. € 450.00 monthly as well as research costs totaling max. € 100.00 monthly.

The Center assumes that fellows are given leave without pay by their home institutions for the duration of the fellowship. The Center explicitly welcomes offers by researchers’ home institutions to participate in financing the stay in Berlin. In this case, details on the manner and amount of possible financing are kindly requested.

The partners of the Center are devoted to a balanced gender ratio in all their personnel decisions. For this reason, we are principally encouraging women to answer our job postings. In addition, all partners are dedicated to the further improvement of a balanced family and professional life. Disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.


Applications need to be submitted online. Please see below for the web form.

You will be expected to submit an

– Application letter stating motivation (max. 400 words)
– Curriculum Vitae (max. 400 words)
– List of publications (max. 10 titles)
– Abstract of proposed research project (max. 1 page)
– Project description (max. 8 pages)
– Work schedule (max. 1 page)

Applications may be submitted in either English or German.

Submission deadline is December 1, 2016.

Please direct your questions in writing to Sophie Lange at info(at)

Click here for the web form.


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