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Theodor Heuss Research Fellowship

Applications are invited from members of the University of Oxford for the Theodor Heuss Research Fellowship. The successful candidate will undertake research in a field of their choice at any university or research institution in Germany.

Award information

The Fellowship is financed, through the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, by a gift from the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Award details

Duration:Usually one year
Value:The holder of the Fellowship will receive a monthly maintenance grant (currently €1,150 for doctoral students or €2,650 for postdoctoral fellows). In addition, payments are provided to cover travel expenses, and all university or institution fees will be paid on the Fellow’s behalf (but he or she may have to pay a compulsory Students’ Union fee). Upon application, a family allowance may also be paid.
Number:One award


Nationality:All nationalities, however preference will be given to those who have not already enjoyed an extended period of schooling or education in Germany
Fee status:Home/EU and Overseas
Level of study:Graduate (normally advanced doctoral or postdoctoral students)
Year of study:All years
Subject:All subjects
College:All colleges
Other criteria:Candidates will normally be expected to show a reasonable proficiency in the use of the German language, but a further grant may be made available to candidates who do not have a good knowledge of German, to enable them to attend a language course in Germany before the beginning of their stay.

Candidates’ proposed programmes of research must be such that they can best be carried out at a German university or other institution of higher learning.

Other information

It should be noted that the Fellowship does not include the payment of any University of Oxford fees for which the Fellow may be liable whilst in Germany. Candidates who hold Research Council studentships may however apply for suspension of their awards and suspension of status to enable them to take up the Fellowship if selected.

Candidates will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • the excellence of their academic career and performance to date
  • the coherence, interest and feasibility of their project or proposed programme of study and their qualifications for that programme; and, for candidates embarked on a research degree, their likely contribution to the subject
  • the value of a stay at a German university for their career plans and/or research project.

How to apply

The next application cycle is due to open in October 2016.