Postdoctoral fellowship – Global Intellectual History – Berlin

The Graduate School “Global Intellectual History” invites applications for one postdoctoral fellowship.

The Graduate School “Global Intellectual History” is funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and jointly run by Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. lt aims to explore intellectual reactions to processes of entanglement from thc 18th to 20th century in their social, cultural and political contexts: the trans-border spread of ideas, claims to universal validity, as well as counter-movements and resistance to such claims. A particular (but not exclusive) focus is on the role of non- Western actors and ideas. The Graduate School builds on a strong research tradition in area studies and global history at both universities, including the jointly-run MA program in Global History. lt offers a stimulating research environment, substantial financial support for archival stays and a strong network of international partners in the form of the Global History Collaborative. For a detailed description of the research program, participating faculty and cooperating institutions, please visit

Successful candidates will pursue a research project in global intellectual history (18th to 20th century); they may also work on the transition of a manuscript into book, and they will be involved in the activities of the program.

The fellowship is offered as research position on a fixed-term basis, starting on 1 September 2018 (salary group TV-L 13, 100%, limited until 30.09.2021, with additional funds for research and archival trips available)

Very good dissertation in History or an Area Studies discipline on a topic related to the research agenda of the Graduate School (PhD in hand at time of interview/received within the last five years); very good knowledge of English and the languages relevant to the research proposal; thorough knowledge of relevant scholarly debates and approaches in global history and intellectual history.

Teaching experience; publications in peer-reviewed academic journals;
projects that make broad intellectual connections and/or span regions are an asset.

How to apply:
Please send your application with the following documents (cover letter including names and contact information of two referees; curriculum vitae including list of publications, abstract of PhD thesis (two pages); research proposal (five pages) including a brief explanation of how your project fits in the framework of the Graduate School) as one PDF-file and no later than May 14th, 2018 to
Dr. Sebastian Gottschalk: globalintellectualhistory@geschkult.fu-berlin.


Dr. Sebastian Gottschalk

Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut
Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin, Germany