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Rachel Carson - Simone Veil Fellowship

Joint Fellowship Call from the RCC and the Project House Europe


The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and Project House Europe, both located at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, invite applications for their joint fellowship.

The Rachel Carson Center (RCC) fosters innovative research and education in the environmental humanities and social sciences. Project House Europe (PHE) promotes cutting-edge research from around the world on the history of Europe during the 20th and 21st centuries.

As international and interdisciplinary research centers, they award one joint fellowship to a postdoctoral or senior scholar working across disciplines and striving to contribute to the public dialogue on contemporary European environmental history.

Applicants’ research and writing should encompass the central themes of both the RCC and the PHE: Research at the RCC is concerned with questions of the interrelationship between environment and society, and the social, political, cultural, and environmental factors shaping this interrelationship. PHE focuses on the history of Europe’s inner (dis-)entanglements and its place in the world since 1918, in particular forms of trans- and international cooperation and their crises.

Fellows will be based in the heart of Munich at either the RCC or PHE and have no teaching obligation. They are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major project, and to participate actively in life at RCC and PHE, including a presentation of their work. The fellowship does not support field trips or archival research. Fellowships can be granted for a period of one to three months. Fellowships may begin on 12 April 2021, or the first day of any of the following months; they end on or before 16 July 2021. RCC and PHE offer time, guidance, and space for dialogue to conduct excellent research. We provide an office space and access to LMU’s facilities. The fellowship also covers economy travel to and from Munich, a monthly living allowance and an accommodation allowance. Health insurance and other social benefits are not part of the fellowship and remain the responsibility of the fellow.

How to apply

Applications must be received by 31 August 2020. The application (in English) should include the following:

  • Cover letter (750 words maximum), including preferred dates and duration;
  • Curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum);
  • Project description (1,000 words maximum);
  • Names and contact information of three scholars as references. These should be people who know you and your work well. Please note that we do not initially require letters, and we will not necessarily contact your referees.

Please send all application documents electronically as a single PDF file to Thomas Süsler-Rohringer (thomas.rohringer@lmu.de). Enquiries should be directed to Thomas Süsler-Rohringer.