2024 IEG Fellowships for Doctoral Study in Germany.

The IEG Fellowships for Doctoral Study in Germany are prestigious scholarships offered by the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz, Germany. These fellowships provide financial support and research opportunities for outstanding doctoral students from around the world who are pursuing advanced studies in European history.


IEG is open to PhD students from Germany and abroad who have at least a Masters level degree in history, theology or another discipline which works historically. They must have been pursuing their doctorate for no more than three years at the time of the application deadline, substantiated exceptions to this rule are possible. As a research institution that is not part of a university, the Institute does not hold any examinations and does not award any academic qualifications. Dissertations are completed under the supervision of the fellowship holder’s supervisor at their home university.

The IEG is a leading research institution dedicated to the study of European history and culture. Through its fellowship program, the institute aims to promote innovative research, foster international collaboration, and support the next generation of scholars in the field of European history.

The fellowship program is open to doctoral students at any stage of their studies who are working on topics related to European history from the early modern period to the present day. Research proposals may cover a wide range of themes, including political, social, cultural, economic, religious, intellectual, or gender history, as well as interdisciplinary approaches that bridge multiple fields of study.

IEG Fellows receive financial support for a period of six to twelve months to conduct research at the institute’s facilities in Mainz, Germany. During their fellowship, recipients have access to the institute’s extensive library resources, archival collections, and research facilities, as well as opportunities to engage with fellow scholars and participate in academic events, workshops, and conferences.


In addition to financial support, IEG Fellows benefit from mentorship and guidance from experienced researchers and faculty members at the institute. They have the opportunity to present their research findings, receive feedback from peers and experts in the field, and contribute to the academic community through publications, presentations, and collaborations.

The application process for the IEG Fellowships for Doctoral Study in Germany is competitive and typically requires candidates to submit a detailed research proposal, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a curriculum vitae. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to participate in interviews or additional assessment exercises as part of the selection process.

The IEG Fellowships for Doctoral Study in Germany offer an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to advance their research, gain valuable experience, and establish themselves as emerging scholars in the field of European history. By supporting international collaboration and academic exchange, the fellowship program contributes to the advancement of knowledge and understanding of European history and culture.


Eligibility Criteria For The IEG Fellowships for Doctoral Study in Germany

To be eligible for these IEG Fellowships, applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:

  • Applicants must be international students
  • Applicants must be a doctoral student
  • Applicants must enrol in full-time program
  • Dissertations are completed under the supervision of the fellowship holder’s supervisor at her/his home university.


1. Fellowship rates (from 01/01/2019)

The IEG Fellowships are jointly funded by the federal and state government. The fellowships are used exclusively for the purpose of conducting the research project described in the application at the IEG. Thus, no other form of employment or funding can be pursued or availed of for the duration of the fellowship.

IEG Fellowship for doctoral students have a monthly value of € 1,350.

2. Family allowance

Fellowship holders whose partners accompany them to Mainz and do not have an income of more than 450 euros per month may receive a family allowance. Please indicate in your application whether your partner accompanies you to Mainz.

Method of Application

Application documents in the following order:

  1. the completed application form
  2. curriculum vitae and a list of publications (if applicable) (please do not send photographs)
  3. an outline of the Ph.D.-thesis (up to 15,000 characters excluding footnotes and spaces)
  4. the structure of the Ph.D.-thesis
  5. a detailed timetable for the intended stay at the Institute
  6. copies of university transcripts and proof of language competence

Please ensure that any attachments are PDF files. 

Please use the IEG application form which can be found under Downloads on the right.

Applications should be submitted by email to:

Leibniz Institute of European History
The Directors
Prof. Dr. Nicole Reinhardt | Prof. Dr. Johannes Paulmann
Re: Fellowship Application Please send your application to

For More Information,

Visit The Official Website to Apply

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