Leuphana University of Lüneburg stands for innovation in research and education. Methodological diversity, interdisciplinary collaboration, transdisciplinary cooperation with partners outside academia and a dynamic development characterise its research profile in the fields of education, culture, management and entrepreneurship as well as sustainability. Its award-winning study model is organised into the Leuphana College, the Leuphana Graduate School and the Leuphana Professional School.
The Leuphana Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and Society at Leuphana University Lüneburg invites applications for 12-month fellowships in residence for 2025/26 starting April 1, 2025 and ending March 31, 2026.
The research programme aims at countering a discourse of no alternatives. It fosters engaged scholarship to uncover, support and multiply modes of social potentialization by questioning existing certainties and therefore activating new possibilities.
We invite researchers to investigate the historical, contemporary, socio-cultural, epistemological, political-economic, legal, and technical-scientific conditions of living together in a globalized, entangled world.
LIAS in Culture and Society is inspired by the idea of thinking across hemispheres and making plural societies both thinkable and realizable. The inspiration is grounded in ethos of problematization, critical diagnosis of the present, genealogies of contemporary lines of conflict, methodological openness, and cultural inventiveness.
Fellows usually take a leave of absence to work in residence at LIAS on their research topic. They are expected to actively participate in LIAS events and receive support to organize public formats and workshops.
LIAS fellows will benefit from the many opportunities for interdisciplinary and international exchange with both the invited researchers and the artists who also reside at the institute. Also, fellows are invited to collaborate with researchers at Leuphana University and to participate in the university's' activities.
Remuneration is based on the guidelines for scholarships of the state of Lower Saxony and amounts to € 2,100 per month (tax free) plus accommodation, travel expenses and, if applicable, a family allowance. Office space at the University Central Building by Daniel Libeskind is provided. For fellows who bring their partner and/or family LIAS will provide support in settling family related matters.
Scholars at the level of postdoctoral researcher, assistant professor or early associate professor or equivalent who already have distinguished themselves with outstanding work corresponding to the programmatic outline of the institute are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants must hold a PhD at the time of application but not have received their PhD more than ten years prior to the beginning of the planned fellowship. Fluency in English is require.
The application must include the following collated into one PDF file: 1) completed application form, 2) cover letter stating your motivations to apply to LIAS specifically, 3) academic curriculum vitae including list of publications, 4) project proposal (no more than 5 pages/2,500 words) in which you present your research project in a systematic manner (including the project's research question, explanation of the contribution to the state of research, methodological/theoretical approach, etc.) and elaborate on its relation to the research programme at the LIAS in Culture and Society. The project proposal should also include a short work plan for the time of your stay.
For further information about the application process and for suggestions on crafting a strong application, see: www.leuphana.de/en/research-centers/lias/fellowships/application-process.html
The selection of candidates will take place in spring 2024, and you will be informed of the outcome immediately once the process has been completed.
Leuphana University Lüneburg encourages persons with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds to apply. Applications from candidates with disabilities will be considered preferentially in accordance with German equal opportunity guidelines.
Please send your complete application documents (without photograph) digitally by January 22, 2024 to