"First Research Article" Fellowship Program (Dept. III, "Artifacts, Action, and Knowledge")

Februar 15, 2023

“First Research Article” Fellowship Program at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science,Berlin

01 September 2023 – 29 February 2024

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG), Department III Artifacts, Action, and Knowledge (Director: Prof. Dagmar Schäfer), is offering two fellowships for outstanding graduate students.

The fellowships are open to graduate students based at Asian, African or Latin American institutions. Applicants should demonstrate their commitment to a research topic related to the History of Science,Technology, and Medicine, or Science and Technology Studies and a need to work with an international community at the MPIWG, Berlin in order to prepare and publish their first single-authored research paper in the English language. The “First Research Article” Fellows are welcome and encouraged to take part in all non-coursework enrichment activities of the International Max Planck Research School (theme: Knowledge and Its Resources) that take place on our Dahlem campus. Eligible are students in good standing through the grant period of 29 February 2024.

Candidates are expected to have already completed the archival research for their thesis and be in aposition to devote six months to writing and preparing an article in English for journal publication.Regular meetings will be held to support both the writing process and academic development.

The fellowships will run from 01 September 2023 to 29 February 2024.

Applicants should submit the following materials in English through our online application portal:

  1. Official proof of enrollment and good standing in an accredited graduate program from your PhD thesis/or confirmation of your university.
  2. Brief description of dissertation
  3. Curriculum vitae and list of publications
  4. Title, abstract and outline of intended essay (maximum 750 words)
  5. English writing sample
  6. A letter of recommendation from one supervisor


Applications must be uploaded to the following link on or before 15 February 2023 (23:45 CET):


Please note that only electronic submissions will be accepted. Only successful candidates will be notified.

Descriptions of the research projects of Department III are to be found under:


Fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend according to the guidelines of the Max Planck Society.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer that strives to foster an inclusive workplace for all. As an institute, MPIWG encourages applications from individuals regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, and/or disabilities, particularly where underrepresented in our workforce. Visit these webpages to learn more about MPIWG’s policies toward gender equality and hiring practices for persons with disabilities. Finalists may expect a decision by 1 May 2023.


For further information please check our Frequently Asked Questions at this link: https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/research/projects/first-research-article-fellowship. For all other questions, contact schaeferoffice@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de.


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