Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Siegel

Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies

The IZEA was founded in 1990 as a central scientific institution of the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. As a research institution for the history of culture and ideas, it explores the foundation of modern Western societies through the study of ideas and cultural patterns developed in the 18th century.

18th century studies

The research program includes research and publishing projects dedicated to a wide variety of themes, such as the history of universities, societies and communication; anthropology, aesthetics, culture and knowledge transfer, scholarly culture and literary forms of representation in the 18th century; the development of cultural patterns; the Enlightenment in global networks; and the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz.

Connected with the region's research institutions

The IZEA is located in the Red School, built in 1896, which was formerly the Higher School for Girls of the Francke Foundations. The IZEA houses a public library containing primary sources and research literature related to the Enlightenment in regional and European contexts. The Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Modern Written Culture and European Knowledge Transfer and the Immanuel-Kant-Forum also have their offices in the building.

Enlightenment studies in international networks

Thanks to its outstanding library, its publishing projects, its geographic proximity to important historic sites related to the Enlightenment (including extensive archives, libraries and art collections), and its partnerships with major cultural and scientific institutions,  the IZEA is now one of the most important international research institutes dedicated to the study of the Enlightenment, and is an essential meeting point for scientists from around the world.

Wiedemann Fellowships for Enlightenment Studies

Every year, the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies offers two Wiedemann research fellowships for the study of the Enlightenment. Thanks to its extensive historical library and its research groups focusing on a broad spectrum of themes related to the European Enlightenment, the IZEA is the leading centre for the study of the Enlightenment in Germany and regularly welcomes numerous international scholars. In order to facilitate research stays in Halle for scholars from Germany and abroad, we offer fellowships for PhD students as well as for more experienced scholars. The fellowships are generously funded by the Dr. phil. Fritz Wiedemann Foundation.Shorter stays with an adapted stipend rate are possible. Limited funding is available for travel costs. Fellows are asked to present their research results in a public lecture at the end of their stay.

Available Fellowships: 

  • 1 fellowship for scholars from Germany and abroad for a two-month research stay in Halle
    Stipend: €3,600 (in total)

  • 1 fellowship for PhD students from Germany and abroad for a three-month research stay in Halle
    Stipend: €3,300 (in total)

Application Process

Please send your written application by email (in PDF format) to the Managing Director of the Centre:

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Décultot
Franckeplatz 1, Haus 54
D-06110 Halle/Saale

izea(at)izea.uni-halle.de

The fellowships can be scheduled flexibly within one year after admission.

Documents

Please attach the following documents:

    • Cover letter
    • CV
    • Publication list and a published writing sample (for PhD students: if available)
    • Title and statement of proposed research (max. 5 pages)
    • For PhD students: one letter of reference
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