Post-Doc Fellowships at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel 2022

The Herzog August Bibliothek is an independent research centre funded by the State of Lower Saxony. The scope of the library’s holdings constitutes a unique archive of European culture. Manuscripts, incunabula, rare books and special collections such as engravings, maps and 20th-century artists’ books, enable almost unlimited studies of cultures of knowledge in a global perspective.

The library conducts its own research projects in the fields of medieval and early modern studies. Among the topics which currently form the focus of the library’s own research programmes are cultural translation, material culture and the history of collections and collecting. The library also welcomes applications from scholars who are working on projects related to its new research programmes Religion & Emotion and Historical Image Cultures.

Fellowships are open to all researchers who have already received their PhD. The international programme welcomes applications from all historically oriented disciplines. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021. Fellowships have a residence requirement. The library offers accommodation in its own guest houses.

There are two categories of fellowships:

  • Post-doc Fellowships: Early career scholars who are within 6 years of receiving their PhD, may apply for a long-term fellowship of between 6 and 10 months (for applications submitted in January 2021 the PhD must have been awarded in 2015 or later). The monthly fellowship is € 2.200. The fellowship holder will receive a one-time reimbursement for the cost of travel to and from Wolfenbüttel (max. € 2.000). Fellows who bring their families to Wolfenbüttel may apply for a monthly child supplement (one child: € 300; two children € 400; three or more € 500).
  • Short-term Fellowships: The fellowships are addressed to a broad range of scholars of all career stages (from post-doc to emeriti) wishing to make a short visit in order to gather source material. Applications can be made for stays of between one and three months. The monthly fellowship is € 1.800. A travel subsidy will also be paid (between € 150 and max. € 650, depending on country of origin).

Please request an application form by email, stating your research topic and either the reference “post-doc” or “short-term”, depending on which programme you are interested in: For further information on the library, its holdings and programmes visit: