Apply now: Fellowship Call Open

We invite applications for fellowships for the academic year 2024–2025


Apply now: Fellowship Call Open

We invite applications for fellowships for the academic year 2024–2025


Under the banner of future-oriented humanities, our programs are structured around three interconnected themes: The Human Condition in the 21st Century, The Future of Democracy, and Socio-economic Transformation. We invite individuals to apply with concrete projects related to these themes. For examples, see our programs in 2023/2024.

Download the Call for Fellowships here (PDF).


  • Funding period

    Either 1, 2, or 3 terms:

    • Fall term: Mid September – Mid December 2024
    • Winter term: Mid January – End of March 2025
    • Spring term: May – June 2025

      Please specify the term(s) you are applying for.
  • Profile

    Scholars from the humanities and social sciences or practitioners in politics, business, art, media, or journalism with a commitment to the mission of THE NEW INSTITUTE, expertise in a field related to one of the themes of the call, and interest in collaborating across our programs.

  • Tasks

    Fellows actively participate in the collaborative fellow work. They take part and contribute to weekly interdisciplinary and trans sectoral fellow meetings.

  • Location

    Fellows are required to be present at THE NEW INSTITUTE in Hamburg at least four days a week during the respective term.

  • Funding

    Stipends or teaching buy-outs are calculated relative to applicants career stage.

  • Housing

    Fully furnished and equipped studios are provided mostly on the premises of THE NEW INSTITUTE at the Warburg Ensemble in Hamburg. 80% subsidy for rent and utilities will be provided on top of the stipend. Depending on availability, we can offer more spacious accommodations for fellows with family members who plan to stay longer than three months.

  • Meals

    Breakfasts and lunches will be provided on weekdays during the terms, dinners once a week. A monthly contribution of 400 Euro will be deducted from the stipend.

  • Application material

    • Letter of motivation (3 pages max.)
    • Proposal for a project within the framework of one of our focus themes (5 pages max.)
    • CV (please include in the header: current address, including time zone, current affiliation, last university or higher education degree including the institution from which you received the degree, year of receipt of degree, nationality, gender, cell phone number, the title of your proposed project, and indication of which terms you are applying for)
    • Please indicate in your application the number of family members who would like to accompany you.

    Please send the application - as a single PDF file - to

  • Selection process

    THE NEW INSTITUTE's Leadership selects candidates together with external experts from relevant fields. We will select fellows on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. In addition to the quality of the research proposal, we evaluate its collaborative dimension, fit with our overall program architecture, and potential contribution to positive social change.

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