Fellows' affiliations 2015–19 (MCAS I)
The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (MCAS) considers the fellowship programme to be its central component. It offers a flexible curriculum that allows internationally established scholars, as well as aspiring junior researchers, to participate for extended or shorter periods of time. The individual research projects presented by the fellows contribute to the comprehensive textual and historical framework of the Maimonides Centre.
Call for Applications: Fellowships 2021–22
2 Doctoral Fellowships
2 Postdoctoral Fellowships
7–9 Senior Fellowships
Application Deadline: 10 December 2020
The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (MCAS) at Universität Hamburg would like to invite researchers to apply for its junior and senior fellowship programme for the academic year 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022.
Topic: Language and Scepticism (2021–22)
In the academic year 2021–22, MCAS will focus on the relationship between language and scepticism. The ability of language to represent and communicate “truth” has been challenged by sceptical arguments throughout the history of thought. Within the confines of active religions that are founded upon sacred texts, of which Judaism is the earliest, the sceptical challenge becomes crucial to the soundness of tradition. The investigation of scepticism in the context of language will be conducted from three angles: (1) the status of sacred texts; (2) language and meaning; and (3) the place of translation in the transmission of knowledge.
The successful candidate’s project should resonate productively with the annual topic as described. Priority will be given to projects dealing with the (early) modern period.
Successful applicants (junior and senior fellowship programme) are asked to take up residence in Hamburg, to carry out research at MCAS, to actively attend events, and to take part in the centre’s activities.
Funding is subject to the terms and conditions of MCAS regulations, following suggestions made by Universität Hamburg. For further information, please contact MCAS (contact details see below).
Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in one PDF file in English:
- A completed application form (link: PDF)
- A research proposal of two to three pages, including the project’s relationship to the annual topic, the status quaestionis of the chosen topic, the candidate’s prior research that is relevant to the proposed topic, a detailed programme of work including a timetable, and a description of the expected form of the outcome of the project
- A full CV and up-to-date publications list (max. 5 pages)
- A transcript of records/master’s certificate (PhD fellowship) or PhD diploma (postdoctoral fellowship)
In addition, two letters of recommendation (junior fellows only; for the PhD fellowship, one of the letters must be written by the PhD supervisor) must be sent directly to MCAS by the referees.
Applications and recommendation letters must be submitted via email by 10 December 2020 to lilian.tuerk"AT"uni-hamburg.de
Acceptance letters will be sent out in February 2021.
MCAS aims to increase the number of women in advanced academic positions and strongly encourages women to apply. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by MCAS’s advisory board.
MCAS Senior Fellowships provide a framework for established scholars with an international reputation to pursue their research at MCAS for a duration of three–five months.
Senior fellowships are intended for researchers in Jewish studies, history, philosophy, Islamic studies, religious studies, or related fields in the humanities who have held a PhD for at least four years at the time of application (Category I) and for those who have achieved a professorship or an equivalent academic position (Category II). Fellowships start either on October 1 or on April 1.
Funding is subject to the terms and conditions of MCAS regulations, following suggestions made by Universität Hamburg. For further information please contact MCAS.
Junior Fellowships are awarded to PhD students and postdoctoral candidates who are involved in projects corresponding to the general and the annual research topic(s) of MCAS.
- PhD students must have obtained an M.A. degree at the time of their application.
- Postdoctoral candidates must be in possession of a doctoral degree at the time of their application.
MCAS offers two PhD and two postdoctoral fellowships every academic year. Fellowships start on October 1 and are awarded for a duration of 12 months.
Funding is subject to the terms and conditions of MCAS regulations, following suggestions made by the German Research Foundation and Universität Hamburg. For further information please contact MCAS.
Contact and further information
Dr. Lilian Türk