Call for Applications: Alfred Landecker Lecturer Program


The Alfred Landecker Foundation is pleased to invite applications from highly qualified postdocs in the humanities, particularly from the field of history, and social sciences for a full-time lecturer program set to begin on October 1, 2021. Up to five university lectureships will each run for five years. The selection process is led by the Alfred Landecker Foundation’s Academic Council.

The program

The program’s mission is to support outstanding, cutting-edge research by individuals on the history and aftermath of the Holocaust and on the social and political transmission of memory of the Holocaust. Because there is no lack of research on such matters, we are in this call explicitly looking for applications with innovative approaches that relate to present-day challenges regarding the politics of memory and democracy. We are also interested in projects that deal with the methods and practices for educating and imparting knowledge about history in the digital age.

About the Foundation

Within various program areas, the Alfred Landecker Foundation funds projects and efforts that raise awareness of the causes of the Holocaust and its consequences, that keep the memory of victims alive, and that help safeguard the democratic values of a peaceful and united Europe. With a view to the present and to the future, the program will serve to strengthen these values as well as the inviolable dignity of the individual by establishing an academic network of Alfred Landecker lecturers and their research projects.

Application details

The call for applications is open to applicants regardless of their current place of residence and their country of origin. To apply, a binding acceptance letter from a European or Israeli university is required.

The host university will be provided with up to 100,000 euros annually to cover the salary of the grantee and their personal research budget. Alfred Landecker lecturers are employed directly at their respective host university.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Within 5 years after PhD: Applicants must have successfully completed their doctorates within the last five years at the time when the application is received (parental leave and childcare will be accounted for with maximum 2 years per child).
  • Time frame of 5 years, starting in the 2021/22 academic winter semester: The research project at the heart of the application should have an overall time frame of five years, starting in autumn 2021.
  • Host university in Europe or Israel: The host university must be in Europe or Israel; in addition, it must directly employ the grantee and provide the Alfred Landecker Foundation with an annual account of funds for each fiscal year.
  • Teaching & Knowledge dissemination: Disseminating the knowledge to students and the wider public is highly important. Hence, the lecturers must have the possibility to conceptualize classes and to teach at their host university, linked to their research project. However, it is important that the lecturers are not obligated to teach at the host university.

Documents to be submitted:

Interested applicants need to submit the following documents. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. All submitted documents must be in English. The necessary documents must be compiled in one PDF-document in the following order:

  1. Filled-out application form (Download following this Link)
  2. CV in tabular form (max 2 pages)
  3. List of publications (max 2 pages)
  4. Name 2-3 referees, including contact details, that are willing to provide a reference upon request
  5. Confirmation that the host university where the research project is meant to be carried out is prepared to host you (employ you and offering opportunities to teach)
  6. Abstract of the research project (maximum of 1,500 characters, including spaces)
  7. A detailed project description (no more than 20,000 characters in total, including spaces, without attachments) with the following structure:
    1. How does the project relate to the present? (at least 2,000 characters, including spaces)
    2. Detailed description of the approach, which takes into account the key question of how this project differs from existing Holocaust research
    3. Cost and time schedule
  8. Doctoral diploma
  9. Transcript of records of past degrees

Please submit your application until March 31st, 2021 in English compiled in a single file as a PDF (max. 8 MB) to lecturer@alfredlandecker.org with the subject line “Your Name_Application for Lecturer Program”. The PDF document needs to be named “First Name_Second Name_Name of University”. The interviews will be held in May 2021.

The Alfred Landecker Foundation seeks to have a diverse group of lecturers. Members of underrepresented groups are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. If you have questions about the application process, please send an email to lecturer@alfredlandecker.org.

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