Bonn: Heinrich Hertz Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Physics

The Heinrich Hertz Fellowship in History and Philosophy of physics is designed to allow PhD students and early-career scholars to spend 3 months, 6 months or an entire academic year (9 months) at the University of Bonn to work on any topic in history and philosophy of physics. They have no formal duties apart from following their own research agenda and interacting with the other historians and philosophers of physics in Bonn. Hertz fellows are provided with:

– A (possibly shared) office at the Electoral Palace, which houses the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Bonn. The Palace is right in the city centre of Bonn, and only a five minute walk from the shores of the River Rhine with its vineyards and castles.
– Reimbursement of all travel and visa costs to come to Bonn.
– A monthly stipend of 2500 Euros to cover accommodation and maintenance during the stay in Bonn. Stipends are not generally taxable in Germany. Fellows have to show that they have sufficient (travel) health insurance for their stay in Bonn.
– Reimbursements of some conference travel and similar expenses during the stay in Bonn.

​Starting times of the fellowships are flexible. However, the default would be to start on the 1st of October (beginning of the Winter Semester) or the 1st of April (beginning of the summer semester).

If you are interested in a Hertz fellowship, please send your complete application documents by 10 January 2019 to Ms. Wunderlich at Before sending your application, please combine and convert all of your documents into one PDF file. A complete application will consist of a.) a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample of no more than 10.000 words; and b.) three letters of reference which must be sent by the letter writers or the placement service directly to the above address. In your cover letter, please state the preliminary dates during which you would like to come to Bonn, what kind of research project you intend to pursue during your time here, and why pursuing this project in Bonn would be particularly useful to you. If you are also applying to the postdoctoral position or the PhD fellowship, but would like to be considered for a Heinrich Hertz Fellowship as well, then please indicate in the cover letter that you wish your application to be considered for both opportunities, respectively; it is not necessary to send separate applications for each of them. If you have questions, please contact Prof. Lehmkuhl (

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the `Landesgleichstellungsgesetz’ (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.


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One response to “Bonn: Heinrich Hertz Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Physics

  1. It’s a great opportunity. I wonder if there are similar opportunities at Bonn for mid-career academics, It would be greatly beneficial and a stipend might not be necessary (except maybe travel funding)

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