Centres for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences
The format of Centres for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences is specifically designed for researchers working in the humanities and social sciences. Here, a group of usually 2 to 3 scientists researches for up to eight (4+4) years on a common topic that bundles local expertise, but at the same time addresses open and experimental questions. The format requires good networking of the participants in advance as well as long-term and strategic planning.
Requirements and characteristics of the format
In contrast to research units, a local team of 2 to 3 scientists is at the core of a Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Instead of collaborative work on subprojects, an obligatory fellow program is applied for domestic and foreign guests, who collaborate with the group in a collegial manner for up to 2 years each.
Application procedure and qualified applicants
The application process is two-stage, with review by a panel involving the review boards. Unlike research units, Centres for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences are not reviewed during the outline phase. The review criteria are based on those of a DFG individual research grant, but in addition, the overall scientific concept, international visibility, and the fellow program must be convincing.
Centres for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences are aimed exclusively at experienced researchers in the humanities and social sciences. They are represented by a spokesperson who represents the group externally and acts as an interface to the DFG. Junior researchers can be integrated as junior fellows if they are suitable.
Outlines for Centres for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences can only be submitted within the framework of an annual call for proposals, the deadline is usually in autumn.
A list of all Centres for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences funded by the DFG to date can be found at the DFG website.
Services and contact persons
TU Dortmund University supports the acquisition of Centres for Advanced Studies in SSH, among other things, by financial support for personnel for the preparation of an outline. The prerequisite is a concrete concept as well as the spokesmanship and substantial participation of TU Dortmund University. In addition, a MERCUR Sprint funding [website in German only] can be applied for the preparation of full proposals.
The Grants Services Team of Research Support Services coordinates the entire application process and provides advice and support during the preliminary strategic considerations of a Centre for Advanced Studies in SSG. Our services include:
- coordination of contact persons within the university administration
- annotated templates and guidelines
- text modules on cross-sectional topics such as research data management, support for early career researchers, and equal opportunities
- comprehensive advice in all phases of the application process
- strategic editing