Horkheimer Fellowship – Call for Applications

Application deadline: April 15, 2024


Position: Postdoctoral fellowship

Location: Institute for Social Research (IfS) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Start date: September 2024, duration of three months

Application deadline: April 15, 2024


To honor the legacy of Max Horkheimer, philosopher, sociologist and long-term director of the Institute for Social Research, as one of the key founders of Critical Theory, the IfS is announcing the 2024 Horkheimer Fellowship. The Fellowship’s aim is to support excellent scholars from all areas of the social sciences, humanities and cultural studies to pursue a clearly defined project in the field of this year’s focus on research on contemporary anti-Semitism.

With this call, the Institute is building on a research tradition that regards the study of anti-Semitism as an integral part of critical social analysis. Given the current resurgence of anti-Semitism, it is imperative to continue this tradition.

The Fellowship is primarily addressed to international postdoctoral scholars who will be invited to spend a three-month research visit at the Institute for Social Research. Successful applicants can expect a lively and collegial working environment at the IfS, integration into the Institute’s ongoing work as well as institutional support in organizing the research stay (including possible presentations, colloquia, or workshops). As a rule, an internationally visible publication following the funding period should provide information on the project pursued during the research visit.



Successful applicants will receive a grant of €4,000 per month for their three-month stay at the IfS.


The Institute for Social Research is an illustrious academic institution located in Frankfurt am Main. The IfS’s organizational and technical infrastructure, including a fully equipped workplace as well as project-related support staff, will be made available to the Fellow for the duration of the Fellowship. The Fellow is expected to be physically present at the Institute for the three months of the Fellowship.

Application and selection procedure

The Fellowship for the period of three months, beginning in September 2024, will be awarded on the basis of a written application to the advertised Fellowship program. A committee composed of IfS members will select the successful applicant on the basis of the academic quality of their application and the applicant’s profile, in accordance with the objective of promoting diversity in academia and research.

Applications can only be submitted in English via the completed application form provided on the IfS website. The selection procedure will be completed in May 2024. Applications and questions regarding the Fellowship should be addressed to: horkheimer-fellowship@ifs-frankfurt.de


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