Research Fellowships

Through its location, its infrastructure, and its research team, the Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies (IdGL) in Tübingen provides excellent conditions for research and for scholarly exchange. This is also the objective of the research fellowship offered by the institute on behalf of the state of Baden-Württemberg. The fellowship is aimed at students with a BA degree, at doctoral students, as well as at postdocs who work on questions and topics that tie in with the research program of the institute.  

The institute is particularly interested in projects in the fields of history, from the early modern period up to the present, literature, political science, cultural studies, historical and cultural anthropology, which:

  • look into questions of migration, minorities, and memory
  • have a comparative and transnational approach
  • focus on the entanglements between the southeast of Europe and the German-language area


The fellowship is aimed at candidates from countries in east-central and south-eastern Europe (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary). It offers the possibility to develop and work on a research project in close cooperation with the researchers at IdGL. Moreover, it provides the opportunity for further cooperation with the IdGL in research, teaching, documenting and archiving, and transfer knowledge.

What we offer

For students and doctoral candidates, the fellowship has an amount of 1,000 EUR per month, while for postdocs the amount is of 1,500 EUR per month. Costs for a return trip to Tübingen, travel health insurance, and other research expenses (e.g. research trips, book allowance) are included as well.   

The fellowship may last one to five months. A one-time extension is possible.


Residency in Tübingen throughout the fellowship is mandatory and active participation in the life of the institute is expected. Fellows should have good knowledge of German and English. Doctoral students applying for the fellowship must be 35 years of age or younger. Application deadlines are the 15th of January and the 15th of July. An application can be submitted only for the current year.

A complete application should include:


  • application form
  • description of research project
  • CV
  • copies of diplomas
  • list of publications
  • PDF of one publication
  • recommendation letters from two university lecturers
  • DAAD language certificate (or another proof of knowledge of German)


Please send your application per email to: