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IFK_Research / IFK_Senior Fellowship for the academic year 2023/2024

The deadline is Mon, Jul 4, 2022, 11:59pm

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IFK_RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

IFK_Research Fellowships are intended for...

postdoctoral researchers. Qualified applications can be submitted regardless of the nationality and institutional or professional affiliation of the applicant. Austrian applicants with comparable qualifications are given preference.

IFK_Research Fellowships include...

an expense allowance of max. €2,325 monthly (€ 75/per day) as well as a workspace at the IFK with an iMac and internet access. For Fellows with a proper residence outside Vienna, the one-off arrival and departure costs to and from Vienna and a rent allowance are covered. Costs for health and social insurance are not covered by the IFK.

Pleas note: An application as a Research Fellow excludes a parallel application as a Senior Fellow!

 

IFK_SENIOR FELLOWSHIP

IFK_Senior Fellowships are intended for...

outstanding researchers who are advanced in their academic careers, and want to pursue their own research at the IFK while fostering intellectual cooperation with the IFK_Fellows and other Austrian colleagues. Qualified applications for this fellowship will be accepted from individuals of all nationalities and regardless of institutional or professional affiliation. Applicants with an international reputation and a publication profile that identifies them as leading experts in their respective scientific fields are particularly encouraged to apply.

IFK_Senior Fellowships include...

an expense allowance of max. € 2,325 monthly (€ 75/per day) as well as a workstation at the IFK with an iMac and internet access. For Fellows with a proper residence outside Vienna, the one-off arrival and departure costs to and from Vienna and a rent allowance are covered. All Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance and social security.

Pleas note: An application as a Senior Fellow excludes a parallel application as a Research Fellow!

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE IFK_RESARCH AND IFK_SENIOR FELLOWSHIP

Duration

Research and Senior fellowships are awarded for an academic semester (1 October to 31 January or 1 March to 30 June).

Language

Applications can be submitted in either German or English

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

In addition to the completed online application form (you will find the link here once the next application process has started), you must upload the following documents as ONE merged PDF at the end of the online application

> Cover Sheet with your academic title, name and departmental as well as institutional affilitation.

Short abstract of your project (max. 1.000 characters incl. blanks)

> Research proposal (max. 1,200 words, incl. footnotes, excl. bibliography)

Core bibliography relevant to your research project (1 page max.)

Academic curriculum vitae/list of publications (5 pages max.)

 

A thematic link to the IFK’s current research focus of »cultures of translation« or the additional focus of »different work« is desired. You can also find the research foci on our webiste: www.ifk.ac.at

 

EVALUATION 

Applications will be peer-reviewed by the IFK's International Advisory Board (IAB). A final decision will be taken in regard to the requirements of the yearly scholarly program. 

Deadline for the application: Monday, 4th July 2022, 23:59 CET

(time by which the completed form with ONE PDF upload must have been submitted)

The decision on granting the Senior or Research Fellowship shall be communicated by December 19th, 2022. 

 

GENERAL CRITERIA OF EVALUATION

The Board looks for four essential features in fellowship proposals:

  1. a well-defined and innovative research question
  2. a clear definition of the uniqueness of the work and/or the significance of the research to important theoretical and methodological issues in interdisciplinary culture studies and humanities
  3. a discussion of the work in the context of appropriate research done by international scholars
  4. clear methodological provisions that guarantee an interdisciplinary research focus

The IFK discourages proposals that are either exclusively theoretical or exclusively empirical in character. It supports projects that combine empirical investigation with thoughtful theoretical work.

Research proposals that present a clearly formulated problem, demonstrate familiarity with the scholarly field(s), and develop an interdisciplinary methodological framework stand the best chance of approval by the International Advisory Board.

 

In order to apply, you must fill in the online application form and upload ONE merged PDF containing all application documents with your name as the file name.

template: Lastname_Firstname.pdf

 

Required documents which must be contained in your PDF file in the following order:

1) Cover Sheet with your academic title, name and departmental as well as institutional affilitation.

2) Short abstract of your project (max. 1,000 characters including blanks)

3) Research proposal (max. 1,200 words, including footnotes, excluding bibliography)

Tips for preparing your research proposal:

Our reviewers appreciate legible, concise, well-organized material; we do not ask them to read applications that are not clearly typed or that exceed the prescribed length. The IFK reserves the right to reject applications that are incomplete or those that do not follow our guidelines.

Try to answer the following GUIDELINE QUESTIONS while writing your proposal description:

A) Describe your research question/hypothesis or research objective as precisely as possible. That is, what is the focus of your investigation?

The formulation of a developed research question, hypothesis or research objective is an important characteristic of a successful proposal and should therefore be concisely done. Instead of presenting a vast research topic, applicants should develop answerable questions in the context of a larger research topic. 

B) How does your research build upon and go beyond existing scholarship in your scholarly field?

The applicant should clearly demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the literature relevant to the topic of research and should indicate how the proposed research might advance previous work in the field.

C) How – if at all – does your research proposal relate to the present IFK_research foci?

D) Which work program (methodology) is to be applied and which evidence will be assembled in order to answer your research question?

Applicants are strongly advised to explicitly demonstrate that the methodological procedures proposed and the evidence collected will realistically support the research objectives expressed in question A).

E) The goal of the IFK is to support original and innovative research in interdisciplinary culture studies and humanities. Please describe the interdisciplinary dimension of your research project.

Applicants should emphasize the contribution of the proposed research not only to the specific area of research being addressed but also to the broader spectrum of interdisciplinary culture studies and humanities. Therefore, it is important to precisely formulate the interdisciplinary dimension of the research project.

4) Core bibliography relevant to your research project (1 page maximum)

5) Academic curriculum vitae/list of publications (5 pages maximum)

 

If you have any questions that are not answered in the informational document, on our website or in the online application form itself, then please write to fellows@ifk.ac.at or contact us per telephone: +43 1 504 11 26 2606.

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For further information please contact Thierry Greub (greub@ifk.ac.at)

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