Carson Fellowships for International Scholars in Munich, Germany

Deadline: 31 May 2014
Open to:  scholars from around the globe from any discipline
Fellowship: determined and negotiated on an individual basis


The Rachel Carson Center (RCC) is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). One of its primary goals is the internationalization of the humanities. Therefore, bringing scholars from different parts of the world to Munich is at the very core of the center’s activities. The fellowships cover periods ranging from three to twelve months. Fellowships can also be broken up into separate three month periods. The length of the fellowship is determined individually for each fellow and depends both on the fellows’ needs and on funding availability. Fellowships are very competitive. At least two committees review each application. The selection of fellows is based on the strength of his or her proposal. Other factors, however, such as diversity of the disciplines, the range of national backgrounds, the coherence of the group, and gender balance are also taken into account.


The Center will award fellowships to scholars from around the globe and from a variety of disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should preferably pertain to one of the topics that will be at the core of the 2014–15 research agenda:

  • Transformation of Landscapes;
  • Environmental Ethics, Politics, and Movements;
  • Resource Use and Conservation.


Fellowship funding is determined and negotiated on an individual basis between each fellow and the directors. The amount depends on numerous factors, including the fellow’s current salary level,  their level of experience, the number of people accompanying the fellow (partners, family members), the duration of the fellowship, and the continuation of funding from their home institution. Fellows can either keep their salary or they receive their own separate fellowship. Initially, fellows will be asked to classify themselves and make a suggestion for fellowship funding based on their current situation.

The Carson Center will pay for a flight ticket to Munich (second class railway, economy class flight) for each fellow. If family members accompany the fellow for a period of at least three months, their travel costs will also be covered.

It may serve as a point of orientation that the gross basic income of a chair at Bavarian universities is 64,000 euro, that of a tenured associate professor is around 52,000 euro, and that of a tenure-track junior professor (with one or two book publications) is 46,000 euro per annum.


The deadline for applications for the 2014-15 fellowship  is 31 May 2014.

Applications should be submitted electronically in one pdf file via e-mail to The following information must be included:

  • curriculum vitae;
  • cover letter;
  • project description;
  • research schedule for the fellowship period;
  • names/contact information of three scholars who might serve as references.

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by mid-August 2014.

For further information, please visit the official website.

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