Applying for Regular and Junior Fellowships

The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg awards fellowships to highly qualified scientists at all career stages from postdoc to senior researcher. Applicants may work in any discipline and apply from anywhere in the world (except Northwest Germany). Applications involving experimental and/or laboratory work are welcome, but should include confirmation of access to research infrastructure at a nearby institution.

Fellowships may last 3 to 10 months. Find out more about the different fellowship categories here. Residency at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg throughout the fellowship is mandatory. Financial conditions are to be negotiated individually after successful application.

Annual Call for Applications

The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg publishes one annual call for applications with a deadline around mid-July. Applications should be submitted at least one year before the desired commencement of the fellowship. See below for general information on the application and review processes as well as financial conditions.

Considering an application but unsure what to expect? Familiarize yourself with living and working conditions at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg and in Delmenhorst or take a flight across the Wissenschaftskolleg's premises and some of its buildings.

Work and life at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg

Buildings, facilities and premises

Fellow at work in his apartment

Area-specific Information for Applicants



15 July, 12:00 PM (CEST - Central European Summer Time)

Late applications will not be considered. This will be the only call for applications this year.

Please email your application materials in electronic form only and with all required attachments to the Head of Program of the research area to which you wish to apply. Please also contact the Head of Program responsible for your research area as soon as possible if you have any questions or concerns regarding the application guidelines.

Heads of Program


Dr. Dorothe Poggel
Head of Program BRAIN


Dr. Doris Meyerdierks
Head of Program EARTH


Dr. Michael Kastner
Head of Program ENERGY


Wolfgang Stenzel
Head of Program Society