The POLY research group on premodern Christianities at
Goethe University is offering five fellowships to Ukrainian academics specialised
in medieval or early modern history.
Russian attack on Ukraine is endangering the lives and work of many
researchers. To help some of them to continue their research outside Ukraine,
the “Polycentricity and Plurality of Premodern Christianities” (POLY) research
group, a Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities funded by the German
Research Foundation, is offering five fellowships. These are intended for
scholars with a doctoral degree who are dealing with medieval or early modern history
and focus especially on religious diversity.
“With this initiative, we at POLY want to
help colleagues from Ukraine forced to flee to safety and to give a stronger
voice to Ukrainian science and research,” says Professor Birgit Emich, chair of
the POLY fellowship programme, summing up the research group’s motivation. For
Emich, who teaches early modern history at Goethe University, the fellowships also
offer great opportunities for research in Frankfurt: “With the help of these
visiting scholars, we aim to develop further partnerships in this region, which
is so rich for the study of religious diversity.”
The fellowships are endowed with €3,000
per month and initially limited to four months. During the funding period, the visiting
Ukrainian scholars will not only be integrated in work within POLY but also
profit from other research infrastructure at Goethe University, notably, the
research alliance “Dynamics of Religion”, co-chaired by Emich and Christian
Wiese, theologian and professor for Jewish studies.
Applications for fellowships are now being
accepted. They are conditional on a completed doctoral degree and an academic
focus on religious plurality in the medieval or early modern period.
Professor Birgit Emich
Institute of History
Chair of Early Modern History
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 798-32594