Participants at a HWK-event
The Fellowship Program

The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg promotes excellent science through fellowships for exceptional international scientists, artists and authors from all fields of research or work.

The fellowships of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg offer outstanding scientists the opportunity to focus on research without the distractions of everyday academic life, to exchange ideas with colleagues from other disciplines, and to benefit from a diverse and vibrant fellowship community. 

Through its fellowship program, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg promotes scholarship and research in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences, benefiting not only the individual fellow but also the scientific community at regional research institutions. Funding for individual scientists is distributed among a number of fellowship opportunities of varying types and durations.

The core fellowship formats of regular and junior fellowships are currently offered in the four research areas of the HWK: BRAIN & MIND, EARTH, TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCE, SOCIETY, and the ARTS & LITERATURE area. Both types are awarded based on a specific application process. They are complemented by additional fellowship offers to which special rules apply. Details can be found here


It is the interdisciplinary climate that characterizes work at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg.
Prof. Dr. Mark E. Hauber, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Das Fellowship-Programm des Hanse-Wissenschaftskollegs

Please refer to the following table regarding details on rules that apply to the aforementioned as well as all other fellowship categories. Please note that these rules are subject to change on short notice.

Regular Fellowship

Junior Fellowship

Complementary Fellowship Formats

Twin Fellowships

Associate Fellowship

Associate Junior Fellowship (Postdoc Program)

Artist in Residence

Writer in Residence


The Postdoc Program was created at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg to promote young scientists. It supports talented young scientists in expanding their own careers by sponsoring their own event and offering them the opportunity to participate in events at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg.

Members of the program are associate junior fellows (see above). Membership in the program is limited to three years and participants remain employed at their regional home institution. Applications are accepted in response to an annual call for applications with an application deadline of the end of February.

More on the Postdoc Program and the application procedure

Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer eines Postdoc-Workshops