Albert Einstein-Stipendium

Vergeben vom Einstein Forum und der Daimler und Benz Stiftung
Mit dem Stipendium möchten das Einstein Forum und die Daimler und Benz Stiftung herausragenden jungen Wissenschaftlern aus dem In- und Ausland die Möglichkeit bieten, ein Forschungsvorhaben zu realisieren, das sich außerhalb ihrer bisherigen Arbeit ansiedelt. Dadurch sollen jene jungen Universalisten gefördert werden, die sich – ähnlich wie Albert Einstein – neben ihren außergewöhnlichen Leistungen in einem spezifischen Wissenschaftsgebiet besonders durch disziplinenübergreifendes Engagement auszeichnen.

Das Stipendium ist verbunden mit einem Aufenthalt im Gartenhaus des Sommerhauses von Einstein in Caputh, der zwischen fünf und sechs Monate dauert. Das Einsteinhaus ist ein sowohl wissenschafts- als auch architekturhistorisch bedeutsamer Ort mit Anbindung an die Universitätsstandorte Potsdam und Berlin. Der/die Stipendiat/in erhält eine Förderung in Höhe von EUR 10.000 sowie die anfallenden Reisekosten.

Ausschreibung

Bewerber sollten unter 35 Jahre alt sein und einen qualifizierten Hochschulabschluss in einer geistes-, sozial- oder naturwissenschaftlichen Fachrichtung besitzen. Die Bewerbungen für das Jahr 2019 sollten einen Lebenslauf und ein Exposé des im Rahmen des Stipendiums geplanten Projekts (beides in englischer Sprache) sowie zwei wissenschaftliche Referenzen enthalten und bis zum 15. April 2018 eingereicht werden.

Von den Stipendiaten wird erwartet, die während der Monate in Caputh geleistete wissenschaftliche Arbeit angemessen zu dokumentieren. Zur Dokumentation gehört es, einen öffentlichen Vortrag im Einstein Forum und in der Daimler und Benz Stiftung zu halten. Das Stipendium dient allerdings ausdrücklich nicht der Fertigstellung einer bereits begonnenen Arbeit, wie etwa einer Dissertations- oder Habilitationsschrift.
Die Evaluation der Bewerbungen erfolgt nach Qualität, Originalität und Realisierbarkeit der Projektvorschläge sowie nach dem wissenschaftlichen Werdegang des Bewerbers. Hier spielt es keine Rolle, ob bereits eine Promotion begonnen oder abgeschlossen wurde. Das vorgeschlagene Projekt muss nicht innerhalb des vorgegebenen Zeitraums abgeschlossen werden, sondern kann als Einstieg für ein neues, längeres Projekt dienen.

BITTE BEACHTEN SIE, DASS DAS STIPENDIUM NICHT FÜR EIN FORSCHUNGSVORHABEN INNERHALB EINER DISSERTATION VERGEBEN WIRD. EINGEREICHTE PROJEKTE MÜSSEN SICH MERKLICH IN INHALT, BEREICH UND FORM VON FRÜHEREN ARBEITEN DES BEWERBERS UNTERSCHEIDEN.

Applications should be submitted by mail to: /
Bewerbungen sind zu richten an:

Prof. Dr. Susan Neiman
Einstein Forum
Am Neuen Markt 7
14467 Potsdam
Germany

Or by email to: fellowship@einsteinforum.de

For more information, call or fax the Einstein Forum at:
phone: +49-331-271780
fax: +49-331-2717827

FAQ

1. What kind of projects can I propose?

    Your proposed project must not be part of your dissertation or thesis, and the application documents must be in English. Otherwise, there are no limitations on the project you may propose as long as you can defend your idea as interesting, original, and feasible during the fellowship period. Please also consider whether the facilities available to you here would suitably allow you to pursue your project.

2. How different should my proposed project be from my previous work?

    There is no hard and fast rule, nor is there a formula for how the proposal should look. All you need to demonstrate is that you have not already done work– e.g. master’s theses, published essays, books, etc.– directly related to your proposed project. You should have already given significant thought to your project idea.

3. Can I propose two projects?

    The fellowship is awarded for just one project. As such, we recommend focusing on strengthening just one proposal.

4. Should I attach the letters of reference in my application, or should my recommenders send them separately?

    We will accept both, but we recommend that your reference letters be emailed to us directly by their respective authors.

5. Is TOEFL/IELTS required?

    We require only the documents listed. We do not require TOEFL/IELTS results in your application, as your application should already reflect mastery of English.

6. When will I hear back about my application?

    We will acknowledge receipt of your submission as soon as possible. The application review and interview processes begin in May, with final decisions released by the end of June.

7. When does the fellowship take place?

    Although the exact dates are flexible, the 5-6 month period of the fellowship should preferably take place during the summer months and end within the calendar year.

8. Is it mandatory to stay in Einstein’s summer house?

    Yes. As part of the Einstein Fellowship, we expect the fellow to reside in Caputh.

9. What may the stipend be used for?

    The stipend is intended to cover living expenses and project expenses incurred during your fellowship period.

10. Can my family come? Does the fellowship cover travel expenses of family members?

    Your family may accompany you during the fellowship period. The fellowship will not cover their travel expenses.

11. My application was rejected. Can I reapply next year?

    As long as you still fit the other eligibility criteria, you may reapply for the fellowship next year with a new proposal.

Liste der Stipendiaten

Das Albert-Einstein-Stipendium unterstützt kreatives, interdisziplinäres Denken, indem es herausragenden jungen Forschern die Möglichkeit gibt, ein Projekt zu verwirklichen, das sich außerhalb ihrer bisherigen wissenschaftlichen Arbeit ansiedelt. Das Stipendium wurde 2007 – 2009 vom Einstein Forum und der ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius vergeben und seit 2010 vom Einstein Forum zusammen mit der Daimler und Benz Stiftung.
Das Stipendium erhielten bisher:

Mischa Gabowitsch (D/RUS)

Exportschlager Vergangenheitsbewältigung. Russland und der deutsche Umgang mit der NS-Vergangenheit, 2007

Amber Carpenter (SA/UK)

Metaphysics as Ethics in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, 2008

Péter Zilahy (Hungary)

Architectural Essays on Berlin, 2009

Amr Bargisi (Egypt)

Is an Islamic Haskalah Possible? Natural Right in Communities Dominated by Religion, 2011

Tyrell Caroline Haberkorn (Australia)

Sisters in Sedition, 2012

Polina Aronson (D/RUS)

Yearning for Germany. A collection of short stories on migration from the former USSR to Germany, 2013

Jingyang Yu (China)

Exclusions in insurance contracts: an implicit religion?, 2014

Tanya Zaharchenko (Ukraine)

Memory in Flux. Murder and Legend in Post-War Kharkiv, 2015

Nimrod Reitman (Israel/USA)

From Monteverdi to Mahler: Undoing Lamentation, 2016

Thomas Meaney (USA)

Expectations of Modernity Revisited: Toward a History of the 1990s

Nari Shelekpayev (Kazakhstan)

Making Opera in the Steppe: A Political History of Musical Theatre in Kazakhstan, 1930-2015

FAQ

1. What kind of projects can I propose?

    Your proposed project must not be part of your dissertation or thesis, and the application documents must be in English. Otherwise, there are no limitations on the project you may propose as long as you can defend your idea as interesting, original, and feasible during the fellowship period. Please also consider whether the facilities available to you here would suitably allow you to pursue your project.

2. How different should my proposed project be from my previous work?

    There is no hard and fast rule, nor is there a formula for how the proposal should look. All you need to demonstrate is that you have not already done work– e.g. master’s theses, published essays, books, etc.– directly related to your proposed project. You should have already given significant thought to your project idea.

3. Can I propose two projects?

    The fellowship is awarded for just one project. As such, we recommend focusing on strengthening just one proposal.

4. Should I attach the letters of reference in my application, or should my recommenders send them separately?

    We will accept both, but we recommend that your reference letters be emailed to us directly by their respective authors.

5. Is TOEFL/IELTS required?

    We require only the documents listed. We do not require TOEFL/IELTS results in your application, as your application should already reflect mastery of English.

6. When will I hear back about my application?

    We will acknowledge receipt of your submission as soon as possible. The application review and interview processes begin in May, with final decisions released by the end of June.

7. When does the fellowship take place?

    Although the exact dates are flexible, the 5-6 month period of the fellowship should preferably take place during the summer months and end within the calendar year.

8. Is it mandatory to stay in Einstein’s summer house?

    Yes. As part of the Einstein Fellowship, we expect the fellow to reside in Caputh.

9. What may the stipend be used for?

    The stipend is intended to cover living expenses and project expenses incurred during your fellowship period.

10. Can my family come? Does the fellowship cover travel expenses of family members?

    Your family may accompany you during the fellowship period. The fellowship will not cover their travel expenses.

11. My application was rejected. Can I reapply next year?

    As long as you still fit the other eligibility criteria, you may reapply for the fellowship next year with a new proposal.