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Fellowship Program

The center awards fellowships to post-doctoral scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should ideally pertain to the central theme of the RCC - transformations in environment and society. Research at the RCC is concerned with questions of the interrelationship between environmental and social changes, and in particular the reasons—the social, political, cultural, and environmental factors—behind these transformations. The concept of “transformations” gives us an adjustable lens that allows us to keep in our sights a vast range of changes—from the quick adjustments in human behavior that interest sociologists to the gradual changes over millennia that are central for geologists and climatologists, and of course the short- and long-term shifts that fascinate historians and philosophers.

Life as a fellow:

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The Carson Center offers three types of fellowships:

Carson Fellowships
The program awards writing fellowships only; the RCC does not sponsor field trips or archival research. Fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major research project, to attend the weekly lunchtime colloquium, and to present their research at the center. Applicants must have completed their PhD by the time of application (31 January of every year).

Carson Interdisciplinary Fellowships
To promote cooperation across disciplinary boundaries, we invite applications for interdisciplinary fellowships. Scholars from the humanities should apply together with scholars from the sciences or field practitioners with the purpose of authoring a collaborative project. All members of the collaboration should plan to be in residence in Munich at the same time; alternately, a humanities scholar who is collaborating with someone at LMU Munich (or at another Munich institution) can also apply for an interdisciplinary scholarship. As a rule, scholars should apply for a residential fellowship of between 3 and 12 months, or a series of 3-month fellowships. But we would consider in principle other models, for example a fellow cooperating with a series of a short-term partners over a longer period of time.

The program awards writing fellowships only; the RCC does not sponsor field trips or archival research. Fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major research project, to attend the weekly lunchtime colloquium, and to present their research at the center. Applicants must have completed their PhD by the time of application (31 January of every year).

Carson Outreach Fellowships
The outreach fellowship is intended for candidates whose work promotes public engagement with the topic of transformations in environment and society. We invite applications from documentary filmmakers and writers in particular. Outreach fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major project, to attend the weekly lunchtime colloquium, and to present their project at the center.

Deadline
The deadline for fellowship applications for the 2016-17 class of postdoctoral and senior fellows is 31 January 2016: the call for applications will be posted in autumn 2015.  

More Information
For a list of frequently asked questions and answers concerning Carson Fellowships and living in Munich, please click here.