Apply for Regular and Junior Fellowships

The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg awards fellowships to exceptionally qualified researchers at career stages from early career to senior level. The HWK does not award postdoc fellowships to applicants from outside the region of Northwest Germany. Applicants whose PhD dates back more than five years may apply for a Regular Fellowship. Applicants who obtained their PhD within the past five years may apply for a Junior Fellowship. Additional fellowship categories are available.

Familiarize yourself with the fellowship categories and eligibility criteria

Applications may be entered for all academic disciplines and from all parts of the world except Northwest Germany. Applicants intending to do experimental or laboratory work are welcome, but should enclose confirmation of access to research infrastructure at a nearby academic institution.

Fellowships may last 3 to 10 months. Residency at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg throughout the entire fellowship is mandatory. Financial conditions are individually negotiated. The HWK supports researchers who wish to take up a fellowship accompanied by child(ren), spouse, or partner.

Questions? Contact your thematic head of program

Attention: The special call for Ukrainian scientists is now closed!

Annual Call for Applications

The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg publishes one call for applications per year. Applications should be submitted at least one year before the desired commencement of the fellowship. See below for information on the application, the review process, and financial conditions.

Considering an application but unsure what to expect? Would you like to stay at the HWK with child, spouse, or partner? 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

Stay with child, spouse, or partner

Buildings, facilities and premises

Apply for a fellowship at HWK to be able to work in full autonomy

Special Notes

Applications in the area of BRAIN & MIND


Not yet announced

Please email your application materials in electronic form only and with all attachments to the Head of Program of your research area (see below). 

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

Heads of Program

Brain & Mind


Dr. Doris Meyerdierks
Head of Program EARTH


Dr. Michael Kastner
Head of Program ENERGY


Wolfgang Stenzel
Head of Program SOCIETY