Call for Applications 2021/2022

Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center Fellowship Program

Call for Applications

The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center
for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History
at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
will award doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships
for the academic year 2021/22

2021-2022 Fellowship Theme:


Theological-Political Predicaments: Representations of Religion and Politics in the German-Jewish Context


For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center invites applications for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships devoted to research on the theme of Theological-Political Predicaments: Representations of Religion and Politics in the German-Jewish Context.” Our intention is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including, but not limited to literature, history, philosophy, and political theory, whose different perspectives on this shared theme will engender fruitful research and scholarly discussion. Applications might propose projects that explore theopolitical visions and their attempted realizations; the religious politics of German-Jewish communities; literary, artistic, and performative representations of the interface between religion and politics; political messianism; the literary and artistic production of religious texts; theories and practices of secularization; gender roles and rights in Jewish communities; and the debate between political theology and political philosophy in the German-Jewish context. The Center’s interests in the year’s theme are broad and interdisciplinary, and we encourage scholars of German-Jewish culture across the humanities to apply.    

Successful applicants will be expected to carry out their research work at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Center at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem from October 2021 through June 2022. During this period the fellows are expected to conduct their research in Israel and to contribute research on the year’s scholarly theme in the context of the seminar, workshops, and through publication in the Center’s journal.

Applicants must have fair knowledge of the German language, i.e. the ability to read texts in German and to follow lectures given in the German language.

Applicants interested in a postdoctoral fellowship must have been awarded their Ph.D. no earlier than October 01, 2017. Candidates can submit an application for a post doctoral fellowship as long as they submit their dissertation no later than June 1st, 2021. 

Applications for a doctoral fellowship from doctoral students at the Hebrew University can only be accepted if the applicant is in good standing with the Authority for Research Students and has not exceeded the limits for funding established by the University.

Applicants may be of all nationalities. Israeli citizens applying for a doctoral fellowship must be registered at the Hebrew University as a Ph.D. student. Israeli citizens who are registered as Ph.D. students at a university abroad will be treated as international applicants.

Successful applicants will be granted a monthly stipend of 6,000 NIS. Furthermore, international applicants will be entitled to health insurance coverage. Fellows from abroad will also be allotted a round-trip flight (up to $800 or €600).

Applicants must submit:

  • Application Form
  • A letter of application
  • Research proposal (3-5 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One example of written work, max. 30 pages
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official M.A. or Doctoral Diploma

All material can be written either in English, German or Hebrew.


Applications should be submitted through the HUJI Scholarships System: (the call for applications can be seen under: select faculty > Humanities).  

Applications must be submitted by April 4, 2021. Decisions will be made within two months and applicants will be informed accordingly.

The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,

Yitzhak Rabin Building, Mount Scopus Jerusalem 91905

Phone: 00972-2-588 1909