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What do I need to know about a Rachel Carson Center fellowship?

The Rachel Carson Center (RCC) is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The RCC is a joint initiative of LMU and the Deutsches Museum in Munich. The goal of the center is to strengthen the presence of the humanities in current political and scientific discussions on international environmental issues. Fellows are expected to be in residence in Munich for the entirety of their fellowship; the RCC does not fund archival or field research trips.

The Rachel Carson Center awards grants to scholars from all around the world and of varying disciplines. Generally, the grants are issued for periods of three, six, nine, or twelve months. Longer fellowships may be divided into two shorter periods. The length of the fellowship is determined individually for each fellow depending on the fellows’ needs and on availability of funding. Fellowships are very competitive; at least two committees review each application. Fellows are selected based on the strength of their proposal. Other factors are also taken into account, as we aim for a diverse group in terms of disciplines, nationalities, and gender.

The application deadline is usually 31 January of each year; successful applicants will be notified in mid-May. They may then begin their fellowships between September of that year and December of the following year.
Please consult the FAQs for a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the fellowship, such as stipend negotiation, moving to Munich, and life at the RCC.