The Leo Baeck Fellowship Program 2024

The Leo Baeck Fellowship Program is an international scholarship program that supports doctoral students who conduct research on the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. The program is jointly organized by the Leo Baeck Institute London and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, the largest and oldest organization sponsoring the academically gifted in Germany. The program aims to foster interdisciplinary and intergenerational dialogue among scholars and to promote the study of German-Jewish history and culture in its European and global contexts.

Eligible Criteria

The program is open to doctoral candidates of any nationality, studying at any university. Applicants must have a university degree with outstanding marks and a formal qualification for doctoral studies or acceptance on a doctoral program at a recognized university. Applicants must also have a research project that focuses on the history and culture of Central European Jewry, covering any period or field (such as literature, philosophy, history, musicology) and any region (such as Europe, Israel, the Americas).

Financial Coverage

The program provides financial support for one year, from October 2023 to September 2024. Fellows receive a stipend of €1,350 a month and an additional monthly research allowance of €100. Fellows can also apply for supplements for health insurance (max €100 / month) and childcare, as well as travel allowances to support research trips and participation at conferences abroad. Contributions to tuition fees outside Germany may also be granted (max €10,000) and also monthly supplements outside Germany. All funding is provided in accordance with the general regulations issued by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

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In addition to the financial support, the program provides opportunities for academic exchange and networking among the fellows and with senior scholars. Fellows are expected to participate in two workshops in the course of the fellowship, which are jointly organized by the Leo Baeck Institute London and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. The workshops offer a platform for presenting and discussing the fellows’ research projects, as well as for exploring methodological and theoretical issues related to the study of German-Jewish history and culture. The working languages of the workshops are German and English.

Document Requirement

Applicants are required to submit the following documents in English or German:

  • Application form
  • Cover letter outlining the motivation for participation in the program (1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae with details on education, general interests and language skills
  • Photocopy of university degree(s), including marks/grading
  • Research proposal (5 pages)
  • Research schedule for the academic year 2023/24, including planned research trips
  • Letter of recommendation by the supervisor of the PhD project
  • Second letter of recommendation

Application Procedure

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted by e-mail (as a single pdf document, the letters of recommendation may be submitted separately) or conventional mail to the following address:

Dr Peter Antes Studienstiftung des deutschen, Volkes Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme Ahrstrasse 41, D-53175 Bonn Germany Ph +49 228 82096-286 Fax +49 228 82096-259


The deadline for application is February 1st, 2024. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2024

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