Leo Baeck Fellowship Program

Leo Baeck

Rabbi Leo Baeck (1873-1956)

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, and Leo Baeck Institute London announce fellowships that provide a monthly stipend for one year to doctoral students pursuing research in the field of history and Culture of German-speaking Jewry.

Aim of the Programme

Fellowships of the international Leo Baeck Fellowship Program are awarded to doctoral students who pursue their research in the field of history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. Besides financial support for one year, the program offers regular workshops, jointly organized by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Leo Baeck Institute London. The program particularly aims at doctoral students who wish to carry out research in more than one country; it is open to students of any nationality at any institution of higher education.


  • – University degree(s) with excellent marks
  • – Date of latest degree not before February 2013
  • – Formal qualification for doctoral studies
  • – Doctoral research project focussing on the history and culture of German speaking Jewry

Programme schedule

For the academic year 2016/17 up to twelve fellows will be selected for the program. The fellowships are awarded for the period October 2016 to September 2017. Regular workshops and a common intranet encourage scholarship holders to present their research and discuss their methodology and findings with other fellows. Working languages are German and English. Students enrolled at a university in Germany may apply for an extension after the first year, if the Studienstiftung is able to provide the funding.


Fellows receive a stipend of 1,150 EUR per month, generally supplemented by a monthly research allowance of 100 EUR. For research trips and conference participation monthly supplements and travel allowances are available on application. Tuition fees are not covered.


Candidates are invited to submit the following documents in English or German:

  • – Application form (download from the website)
  • – Cover letter outlining the motivation for participation in the program (1 page)
  • – Curriculum vitae with details on education, general interests and language skills
  • – Photocopy/-copies of university degree(s), including marks/grading
  • – Research proposal (5 pages)
  • – Research schedule for the academic year 2016/17, including planned research trips
  • – Letter of recommendation by the supervisor of the PhD project
  • – Second letter of recommendation

The deadline for application is the February 1, 2016.

We accept applications by e-mail (one pdf-document) or conventional mail. Only complete application sets will be considered. Short listed candidates will be invited for an interview in Frankfurt in April/May 2016.


Dr Matthias Frenz
Telephone +49 228 82096-283


Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Christine Schade
Ahrstraße 41
53175 Bonn
Telephone +49 228 82096-281

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