Intellectual curiosity, interest in disciplines other than one’s own, and readiness to discuss also beyond one’s own disciplinary interest are decisive preconditions for a fruitful Fellow residency. We regard researchers who reflect on and theoretically or conceptually work on the basic assumptions of their discipline as the ideal candidates for a fellowship. Creativity is an important asset, it should, however, not be achieved at the expense of thoroughness – or vice versa.
Applications from young researchers are welcome. It is expected that they have published at least one monograph (especially in the humanities) or were able to place several articles in respected publications (natural and social sciences).
Early-career life scientists are fostered in particular in the framework of the College for Life Sciences (CfLS) and in this context can apply in a separate procedure.
In general, candidates who apply with an academic/scientific project must have completed a doctorate. Passive knowledge of English is required.
The Fellows live and work on the Wissenschaftskolleg’s small campus in Grunewald district; this includes a common meal on weekdays. Research that requires constant absence (in labs, archives, or other facilities outside Berlin) is thus unsuitable for a fellowship.
One aspect of the Wissenschaftskolleg’s mode of operation is to separate the invited researchers from their routines and accustomed surroundings and to expose them to new experiences. For this reason, researchers from Berlin institutes of higher learning are not considered for fellowships.