Call for Applications Norbert Elias Fellowships 2021/22

Are you interested in interdisciplinary cooperation? Do you want to be part of a high-level international
team of researchers? Then you may want to apply for a Norbert Elias Fellowship at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld, Germany.
The ZiF is the Institute for Advanced Study of Bielefeld University and has been fostering outstanding
interdisciplinary Research Groups for more than 50 years.

The ZiF Research Group Economic and Legal Challenges in the Advent of Smart Products is convened
by Prof. Dr Herbert Dawid, Bielefeld University, Prof. Dr Sabine Gless, University of Basel, and Prof. Dr
Gerd Muehlheusser, University of Hamburg. It will bring together international Fellows from different disciplines to work together at the ZiF from October 2021 to July 2022. The Research Group’s working language is English. Further information on the Research Group can be found here.
Successful applicants will become Fellows of this Research Group and live and work at the ZiF for up to
ten months. Norbert Elias Fellows also have the opportunity to work on their own projects, qualification
and networking.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from senior researchers and postdocs from African universities from all disciplines whose research and publications are closely linked to the Research Group’s topic. In particular,
applicants should demonstrate their willingness and ability to conduct high-level research in thematically
relevant research fields such as innovation, industrial economics, law and economics, digitisation and
smart products. Applicants should be interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and willing to engage in
the activities of the Research Group, such as jour fixes, talks, workshops and conferences. Since our
aim is also to extend our interdisciplinary networks to Africa, we are looking especially for researchers
who are planning to continue their careers in Africa.

What is offered?
The ZiF offers a monthly stipend of 3,000 € plus free accommodation at the ZiF’s campus and travel expenses. The ZiF will also contribute to health insurance costs.
Fellows are very welcome to bring their families with them. The ZiF campus comprises flats from single
room to family size to provide suitable accommodation. Fellows will also receive an additional allowance
of 200 € per month per accompanying child. We will be happy to assist with finding appropriate childcare
and educational facilities.
How to apply?
For the application, please send us a CV and a letter of motivation (maximum three pages, CV excluded)
describing your research and how you intend to contribute to the Research Group. Please attach one or
two relevant publications and indicate how long you intend to stay (two to ten months).
Selection criteria are academic excellence, relevance of the research for the Research Group’s topic,
and a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. The decision will be taken by the ZiF and the Research Group conveners. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview.
Deadline for applications is 15 February 2021.
Please send your application in one PDF to:
For further information on the fellowship, please contact:
Dr Marc Schalenberg
Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung / Center for Interdisciplinary Research
Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
More information about the ZiF can be found here:
Sociologist, philosopher and poet Norbert Elias (1897-1990) developed the theory of the ‘Civilization
Process’ and worked at the ZiF for six years. Elias, who had to emigrate to England in 1933 and was
later working in the Netherlands, held his first chair at Accra University in Ghana.
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