The Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society, University of Haifa

Call for Applications for the Manfred Lahnstein Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Haifa in 20th-Century German Studies

for the 2024–2025 Academic Year

The Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society invites applications for the Manfred Lahnstein one-year post-doctoral fellowship (lasting a minimum of 10 months). The fellowship of 90000 NIS (together with office facilities) will be granted for research at the University of Haifa.

The Lahnstein Fellowship supports innovative research on 20th-century German history, culture, and society, including its evolving national boundaries, diasporas and exiles. We are especially interested in innovative transnational research that involves the Middle East. The fellowship is designed to cover a one-year research stay in Haifa.

The Lahnstein Fellow will be committed:

  1. To register as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Haifa (Faculty of Humanities).
  2. To reside in Haifa and make the Bucerius Institute their main place of work during the fellowship.
  3. To participate in events organized by the Bucerius Institute during the year of the fellowship.
  4. To Give the annual Lahnstein Lecture at the end of the fellowship. The Lahnstein Lecture Series is a new, high-profile event at the University of Haifa.
  5. To acknowledge the support of the ZEIT-Stiftung and the Bucerius Institute in any publication(s) related to the research conducted during the Lahnstein Fellowship period.

Interested applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. no earlier than October 1, 2020, or have submitted their dissertation no later than November 1, 2023.

Applicants should submit:

  • A one-page letter of application, briefly describing their research experience, their interest in the Bucerius Institute, and their proposed project
  • A research proposal (up to five pages)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A letter of acceptance by a supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities (University of Haifa) 
  • An official doctoral diploma (or official recognition of the submission of their dissertation).

All materials should be written in English.

Applications should be sent to Amir Bar-On (Administrative Coordinator) at

The deadline for submissions is March 18, 2024, and decisions will be made by April 21, 2024.

The Bucerius Institute at the University of Haifa is a vibrant research hub that attracts promising junior and senior scholars not only from Israel and Germany, but also from across Europe and North America. The institute was founded 20 years ago by a joint initiative of the German ZEIT-Stiftung and the University of Haifa. Since then, it has been promoting research on the contemporary history and social, cultural, and political reality of Germany, embracing a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and methodologies, and engaging with the complexity of contemporary German history in a global age.

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