Einstein Fellowship

Awarded by the Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation
The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation are offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches – following the example set by Albert Einstein.

The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in the garden cottage of Einstein`s own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg, only a short distance away from the universities and academic institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. The fellow will receive a stipend of EUR 10,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic the current Einstein Fellow will not be able to take up residence in Caputh before next year. Therefore the following fellowship will be awarded for 2022 rather than 2021. All applications that have already been submitted will be considered in the next selection round. The new application deadline is May 15, 2021. Should you wish to withdraw your application, please let us know.

Call for Applications

Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences. Applications for 2022 should include a CV, a two-page project proposal, and two letters of recommendation. All documents must be received by May 15, 2021.

At the end of the fellowship period, the fellow will be expected to present his or her project in a public lecture at the Einstein Forum and at the Daimler and Benz Foundation. The Einstein Fellowship is not intended for applicants who wish to complete an academic study they have already begun.
A successful application must demonstrate the quality, originality, and feasibility of the proposed project, as well as the superior intellectual development of the applicant. It is not relevant whether the applicant has begun working toward, or currently holds, a PhD. The proposed project need not be entirely completed during the time of the fellowship, but can be the beginning of a longer project.


For more information, call or fax the Einstein Forum at:
phone: +49-331-271780
fax: +49-331-2717827


1. What kind of projects can I propose?

2. How different should my proposed project be from my previous work?

3. Can I propose two projects?

4. Should I attach the letters of reference in my application, or should my recommenders send them separately?

5. Is TOEFL/IELTS required?

6. When will I hear back about my application?

7. When does the fellowship take place?

8. Is it mandatory to stay in Einstein’s summer house?

9. What may the stipend be used for?

10. Can my family come? Does the fellowship cover travel expenses of family members?

11. My application was rejected. Can I reapply next year?

Einstein Fellows

The Albert Einstein Fellowship supports creative, interdisciplinary thought by giving young scholars the chance to pursue research outside their previous area of work. The fellowship, previously awarded by the Einstein Forum and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (2007 – 2009), since 2010 the fellowship is awarded by the Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation and was received by:

Mischa Gabowitsch (D/RUS), 2007

Exportschlager Vergangenheitsbewältigung. Russland und der deutsche Umgang mit der NS-Vergangenheit

Amber Carpenter (SA/UK), 2008

Metaphysics as Ethics in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

PĂ©ter Zilahy (Hungary), 2009

Architectural Essays on Berlin

Amr Bargisi (Egypt), 2011

Is an Islamic Haskalah Possible? Natural Right in Communities Dominated by Religion

Tyrell Caroline Haberkorn (Australia), 2012

Sisters in Sedition

Polina Aronson (D/RUS), 2013

Yearning for Germany. A collection of short stories on migration from the former USSR to Germany

Jingyang Yu (China), 2014

Exclusions in insurance contracts: an implicit religion?

Tanya Zaharchenko (Ukraine), 2015

Memory in Flux. Murder and Legend in Post-War Kharkiv

Nimrod Reitman (Israel/USA), 2016

From Monteverdi to Mahler: Undoing Lamentation

Thomas Meaney (USA), 2017

Expectations of Modernity Revisited: Toward a History of the 1990s

Nari Shelekpayev (Kazakhstan), 2018

Making Opera in the Steppe: A Political History of Musical Theatre in Kazakhstan, 1930-2015

Ryan Ruby (USA), 2019

Into the Middle of Things: A Collection of Linked Historical Fictions on Politics and Media Technology from the Oral Epic to the Digital Present

Shyam Wuppuluri (India), 2021

From Electrons to Elephants and Elections: A Grand Unified Narrative on the content and context

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