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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.


The HHK 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 HHK Working Paper Series with its own ISSN  number, which is designed to publish preliminary results.


Each academic year (starting from October), the HHK welcomes three Junior Fellows (postdocs, assistant and associate professors) and three Senior Fellows (full professors) for up to 12 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 Kolleg provides three internal annual Fellowships for the Cluster’s PIs.



The Fellowship comprises

·       a monthly stipend of €2400 for postdocs (up to 4 years after the dissertation), €3000 for postdocs (more than 4 years after the dissertation, assistant/associate professors), €3600 for full professors

·       travel allowance (outward and return journey)

·       basic accommodation

·       a working space including a desktop computer at the BCDSS

·       the opportunity to apply for funding for conference travel (in case of active participation)

·       the opportunity to organize a workshop and apply for its funding

·       support in organizational matters upon arrival

·       support in finding day care 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 the 15th of March every year.

The application consists of the following documents:

1) a statement (max. 4 pages) outlining

·       the candidate’s academic interest in the field of dependency and slavery studies

·       project description

·       relevance for the BCDSS

2) concise Curriculum Vitae

3) list of principal publications

4) PhD certificate (only postdoctoral applicants)

5) two letters of recommendation (only postdoctoral applicants)


Please send your complete application documents in English, combined into one single Pdf file. The email address the application should be sent to will be specified here, once the call is open.

For further inquiries, please contact Sarah Dusend ([Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]).

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