Are you studying the social, political, economic, media-related or cultural effects of digitalization? You want more freedom for your work and are interested in interdisciplinary exchange? Apply to become a Fellow at CAIS.

As a Fellow, you will receive a grant for the duration of your stay. Alternatively, CAIS will finance the costs for a replacement at your home institution while you are away.

The modern infrastructure at CAIS offers optimal working conditions and a wide range of opportunities for exchanging ideas. During your time at CAIS, you will reside in a centrally located apartment, free of charge.

A fellowship at CAIS gives you the freedom to pursue autonomous research and collaborations according to your own priorities. Take up to six months to concentrate exclusively on your research, free from other obligations. Take advantage of our diverse international and interdisciplinary exchange opportunities.

With its fellowships, CAIS supports excellent researchers and practitioners of all career stages, whose work focuses on the social opportunities and challenges of the digital transformation. An academic degree is not required. The research agenda offers orientation for project content.

During the fellowship, CAIS will pay for your temporary replacement at your home institution. Alternatively, CAIS will award grants of up to 1,843 euros per month.

As a fellow, you will receive travel grants to participate in events where you present your CAIS project. You also have the opportunity of inviting visiting fellows with whom you wish to collaborate during your stay at CAIS. Applications to invite visiting fellows can be submitted along with your original application or during the fellowship.

During their program at CAIS, fellows work in Bochum. The centrally located apartments, which are provided rent-free, are just a few minutes away from CAIS. The modern infrastructure at the center offers a wide range of exchange opportunities and optimal working conditions.

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Please submit your application in electronic form (one single PDF) to application@cais.nrw. The application can be written in English or German and should not exceed 15 pages (excluding publication and additional application for the invitation of a visiting fellow). All details can be found in our Call for Applications.

Applications should include:

  1. Fellowship Application Form
  2. Abstract of proposal (max. 300 words)
  3. Outline of proposal
    • subject and lines of research
    • academic results
    • practical results
    • preliminary work
    • work plan
    • in the case of academic projects
      • theories and methods
      • current state of research
  4. Curriculum Vitae (max. two pages with no more than five publication references)
  5. One relevant publication as a link or an appendix
  6. Where applicable: informal application for the invitation of a visiting fellow (max. two pages plus CV)

Each application will be assessed by three reviewers.

The evaluation criteria are:

  • professional expertise and qualification
  • relevance and topicality
  • originality and innovative potential
  • academic results
  • practical results
  • interdisciplinarity
  • accordance with the CAIS-Agenda
  • feasibility of the work plan
  • expertise and qualification of other participants
  • in the case of academic projects
    • theories and methods

Based on this assessment and under consideration of interdisciplinary balance, budget restrictions, workspace and accommodation capacities, the program committee will make its final decisions.

All details can be found in our Call for Applications.