The Integrated Research Training Group of the Collaborative Research Centre/SFB 1150 “Cultures of Decision-Making” at the University of Münster, Germany, funded since 1 July 2015 by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is offering four

Visiting Fellowships for Postgraduates or PhD Students

The fellowships will take place in 2018, starting as early as April 2018, for a period of up to six months. The fellowships offer EUR 1,365 per month (tax-free; if applicable plus children’s allowance; statutory accident insurance cover according to § 2 Abs. 1 Satz 1 SGB VII; health and social insurance not included) with an additional grant for travelling expenses. For the time of the fellowship, the visiting fellows will be considered members of the Integrated Research Training Group of the SFB 1150 and are expected to participate in the programme of the Integrated Research Training Group as well as in the common activities of the SFB 1150.

The Collaborative Research Centre/SFB 1150 “Cultures of Decision-Making” examines the social practice and cultural conditions of decision-making in a historical-comparative and interdisciplinary perspective from the Middle Ages to the present day. The SFB 1150 addresses decision-making as a form of social action which is neither self-evident nor invariant, but which is based on changing social and cultural conditions. In the SFB 1150, different historical “cultures of decision-making” are reconstructed by examining selected social fields, asking how decision-making was framed, modelled, performed and reflected in different historical contexts; what the culture-specific conditions underlying decision-making were in every case; in what ways it, in turn, shaped the institutional and power structure of society; and how and why cultures of decision-making changed over the long term. The SFB 1150 comprises three project areas and 20 projects from several disciplines (history, literature, law, philosophy, cultural anthropology, Jewish and Byzantine studies) as well as a Research Training Group.

For further information on the SFB 1150 and the Integrated Research Training Group, please visit 

We are accepting applications from those with a PhD project located within the thematic and disciplinary framework of the SFB 1150. The language of communication within the SFB 1150 is German; German language skills are therefore recommended. Applications should be in English or German. They should include a one-page letter of motivation, a two-page outline of the applicant’s PhD project, a CV, academic certificates, and a letter of reference, preferably by the applicant’s supervisor.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Please submit your application together with the usual documents, if possible by e-mail and as one PDF document, to the director of the Integrated Research Training Group of the SFB 1150, Prof Dr Jan Keupp, by 20 February 2018:

Prof Dr Jan Keupp
Historisches Seminar
WWU Münster
Domplatz 20-22
D-48143 Münster

Should you have any questions about the application, please contact Prof Dr Jan Keupp via e-mail ( If you have questions about the SFB 1150, please contact the central office of the SFB 1150 (