Heinz Heinen Center for Advanced Study


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

The expertise brought into the Cluster by our visiting fellows is of utmost value. That is why our Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity to bundle their joint knowledge in one place, providing each of them with the time and freedom necessary to pursue their own research. The Fellows Program is designed to be a space for discourse, exchange and networking. We offer lecture series and fellows seminars  that are open for all fellows, guests and permanent researchers of the Cluster. In addition, our fellows are welcome to 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 share their research projects and results in our seminars. Furthermore, our fellows are given the opportunity to present their research findings in a BCDSS Working Paper Series at the end of their stay. It has its own ISSN number and is designed to publish preliminary results.

Each academic year (starting from October), the BCDSS 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 prefer our fellows to stay for a longer period, one or several shorter stays in Bonn are possible in order 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 is now open until March 15, 2024. Please find the call here. Please send your complete application documents in English, combined into one single PDF file to application@dependency.uni-bonn.de


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Sarah Dusend

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