Heinz Heinen Center for Advanced Study

The Heinz Heinen Kolleg (HHK) is a center for advanced studies. It is part of the Cluster of Excellence "Beyond Slavery and Freedom. Asymmetric Dependencies in Pre-modern Societies" funded by the German Excellence Strategy, which is aimed at strengthening Germany's position as an outstanding place for research in the long term and further improving its international competitiveness.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.

The Heinz Heinen Kolleg brings together excellent international scholars whose research focuses on different forms of strong asymmetrical dependency and slavery in all historical periods before the 20th century, and all cultural contexts.

While the expertise these visiting fellows bring to the Cluster is of utmost value, the Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity to bundle their joint knowledge in one place. It provides them with the time and freedom necessary to pursue their own research. The Fellows Program is envisioned to be a space for discourse, exchange and networking. In addition to lecture series and fellows seminars organized by the Cluster that are open for all fellows, guests and permanent researchers of the Cluster, fellows can organize their own topic-driven workshops and other joint events.

We highly appreciate the active and creative involvement of our fellows, who are invited to present their research project and its results in the seminars, as well as in the form of a working paper at the end of their stay. This will be published in the Heinz Heinen Kolleg Working Paper Series with its own ISSN number, which is designed to publish preliminary results.

Each academic year (starting from October), the Heinz Heinen Kolleg welcomes

  • two Junior Postdoctoral Fellows (max. 6 months after PhD) for up to 12 months
  • two Postdoctoral Fellows (postdocs, assistant and associate professors) for up to 12 months
  • two Senior Fellows (full professors) for up to 12 months
  • two Doctoral Fellows (about to finish their PhD) for up to 6 months
  • two Short Term Fellows for up to 2 months.

While we would prefer researchers to stay for a longer period, one or several shorter stays in Bonn will also be possible to accommodate a scholar's individual career situation.

In addition, the Heinz Heinen Kolleg provides three internal annual Fellowships for the Cluster's Principal Investigators.

Fellowships comprise 

  • a monthly stipend of € 1,550 for doctoral fellows
  • a monthly stipend of € 2,400 for postdocs (up to four years after the dissertation)
  • a monthly stipend of € 3,000 for postdocs (more than four years after the dissertation, assistant/associate professors)
  • a monthly stipend of € 3,600 for full professors
  • travel allowance (outward and return journey)
  • basic accommodation
  • a working space including a desktop computer at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
  • the opportunity to organize a workshop in Bonn and apply for its funding;
  • support in organizational matters upon arrival
  • support in finding daycare for children.

Application Procedure

The call for applications for our fellowship program will be issued at the beginning of each year.  The application deadline is March 15 every year.

The application consists of the following documents: Please send your complete application documents in English, combined into one single PDF file to
application@dependency.uni-bonn.de. We welcome applications to the Heinz Heinen Fellowship program once a year starting January 1.



Sarah Dusend

Head of Research and Study

Niebuhrstraße 5

53113 Bonn

+49 228 73 62446

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