Volkswagen Foundation Short-time Fellowships

Volkswagen Foundation Short-time Fellowships 2024 for Junior Scholars in Africa & Oceania has six scholarships available for junior scholars. The fellowship is now accepting applications.

Volkswagen Foundation Short-time Fellowships

About Volkswagen Foundation Short-time Fellowships

The Volkswagen Foundation-funded research project “Sensitive Provenances” at the University of Göttingen studies the provenance of human remains from (proto-)colonial contexts in two collections.

This study looks into the origins of human remains, the circumstances surrounding their acquisition, their transfer to academic collections, their usage for research and teaching, and their present socio-political significance.

Along with research, the group contacts representatives from the locations where these human remains originate, addressing their future handling and commencing restitution proceedings.

The research is primarily concerned with human remains from Oceania and Africa.

The Sensitive Provenances project is interdisciplinary and incorporates multiple methodological methods from historical-critical provenance research, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology.

Potential fellows in these and related topics are encouraged to explore and apply.

The benefit of Volkswagen Foundation Short-time Fellowships

Below are the benefits of the Volkswagen Foundation Short-time Fellowships;

  • The scholarship recipients will be paid a monthly stipend of 2.100 euros. Depending on individual circumstances, a replacement and family and childcare allowance may be available.
  • The costs of transportation to and from Göttingen will be paid. During their research stay in Göttingen, scholarship holders will be assisted with various organizational and content-related concerns.
  • Depending on the pandemic situation and travel limitations, each visiting fellow will be asked to stay in Göttingen for three months in the second half of 2022 (exact dates are optional).
  • The visiting fellow will be connected to researchers and experts in the following fields, depending on the needs and specificities of their proposed project: history, cultural anthropology/ethnology, biological anthropology, provenance research, curatorial practice, museum practice, and exhibition organization.

How to Apply for Volkswagen Foundation Short-time Fellowships

  • Cover letter (detailing the candidate’s goals and interests)
  • A description of the proposed project/activities during the scholarship period (maximum of 1000 words)
  • CV (curriculum vitae)


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