New call for MGK-fellowships for 2024

MGK-Fellowships for Postgraduate Researchers

Application Deadline: Jan 15th, 2024

Duties: Research, Project Work Specialty

Areas: General Linguistics, Register Studies


The Collaborative Research Center (CRC or in German SFB) 1412 ‘Register: Language Users’ Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation’ ( is a joint research project of the Humboldt-University Berlin (HU) and the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS). Seventeen sub-projects investigate intra-speaker variation driven by situational and functional factors at all language levels. They focus on the language user’s register knowledge and its relation to other types of linguistic knowledge. The CRC has been funded by the German Research Council DFG since 01.01.2020 and is now entering its second funding phase.

Within the Integrated Graduate School, we offer fellowships for Postgraduate Researchers who want to pursue or are already pursuing a PhD relating to the research program of the CRC, or want to explore topics relating to the CRC within their Ph.D. research. The Integrated Graduate School serves the fellows, the PhD students working in the CRC and early career postdocs in the CRC. The leaders of the CRC Integrated Graduate School are Uli Sauerland (ZAS) and Richard Waltereit (HU). The coordinator is Britta Schulte (HU).

We offer fellowships for up to one year with an open starting date in 2024. Remuneration is EUR 1,365 monthly, tax-free, and the fellows must purchase health insurance. The fellowship can be used to carry out a self-contained research project on the topic of the CRC. However, the prospective fellow must identify a research project in the CRC that they primarily will connect to and contact a PI of that project at the time of application. The fellows are furthermore expected to participate in the training opportunities of the Graduate School, in particular methods schools, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking events. Applicants not yet registered in a Ph.D. program must have completed their M.A. by the planned start date. Applicants should name other research qualifications relevant to the planned research. The Integrated Graduate School aims to strengthen the diversity of the CRC, so members of groups traditionally underrepresented in German academic leadership positions are especially encouraged to apply. Note that previous recipients of CRC-1412 fellowships are not eligible for this stipend.

Applications must be submitted via e-mail and include the following items, preferably in a single PDF:  

  • A letter of intent stating the following
    • nature of your interest in the fellowship and your research goals for the duration of the fellowship
    • your contribution to the diversity goal of the CRC, if any
    • the names and e-mail addresses of at least two scholars to be contacted for letters of recommendation.
    • the preferred period of the stipend: desired starting date (in 2024) and length: 1 year max
    • A CV including a complete list of qualifications and publications
      Electronic copies of up to two representative writing samples
    • Any relevant transcripts and degree certificates in electronic form
      Contact for questions and applications: Britta Schulte (