The program’s mission is to support outstanding, cutting-edge research by individuals on the following topics:
- the history and aftermath of the Holocaust
- the social and political transmission of memory of the Holocaust
- the influence of conspiracy ideologies and
- group-based enmity (for example, antisemitism and racism) as a structural threat to democracy.
Because there is no lack of research on such matters, we are 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 and threats to democracy in the digital age. The program specifically welcomes applications that entail ideas for how to communicate the research scientifically to a broader audience outside the academic world.
About the Foundation
The Alfred Landecker Foundation funds projects and institutions that raise awareness of the causes of the Holocaust and its consequences, that keep the memory of the victims alive, that fight antisemitism and protect all minorities 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 strives 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. This network sees itself as part of the larger Alfred Landeck community, whose goal is to link all projects and institutions that are part of the Foundation's funding landscape, and by doing that building a diverse group that is unified in tackling the challenges of democratic societies today.
The call for applications is open to applicants regardless of their current place of residence and their country of origin. To apply, an acceptance letter from a European or Israeli university is required in the second stage of the application process (see below).
The Landecker Foundation will provide the host university with up to 100,000 Euros annually to cover the salary of the Lecturer and their personal research budget. Alfred Landecker lecturers are employed directly by their respective host university.
- Within 5 years after PhD: Applicants must have successfully completed their doctorates within the last five years at the time when the application is submitted. The five years start with the date on which the applicant was informed about passing the PhD and the corresponding grade (not the day of the award ceremony). Parental leave and childcare will be accounted for, with a maximum of 2 years per child.
- Time frame of 5 years, starting in the 2023/24 academic winter semester: The research project at the heart of the application should have an overall time frame of five years, starting in autumn 2023.
- Host university in Europe or Israel: The host university must be in Europe or Israel; in addition, it must directly employ the Lecturer and provide the Alfred Landecker Foundation with an annual account of funds for each fiscal year.
- Teaching & Knowledge dissemination: Disseminating the knowledge/research body created by the Lecturer to students and the wider public is of great importance to the Foundation. Hence, the Lecturers must have the possibility to conceptualize classes related to their research topic 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.
Process and documents to be submitted:
The application process consists of three stages.
- First stage: Interested applicants submit a short 2-page project description, an application form, their CV and a list of publications.
- Second stage: Selected applicants are asked to submit a detailed project description and additional necessary documents for the program.
- Third stage: Selected applicants are invited for an interview with the Academic Council of the Alfred Landecker Foundation
For the first stage, interested applicants need to submit the above-mentioned documents. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. All submitted documents must be in English and compiled in one PDF-document (max. 8 MB) in the following order:
- Filled-out application form (Download following this Link)
- Project description (2 pages, max. 5000 characters incl. spaces) that includes information on the problem or research question, the methodological approach, how the project differs from existing research on the Holocaust, how the project relates to current challenges within the programmatic scope of the Alfred Landecker Foundation, and how the potential for (science) communication is going to be used.
- CV in tabular form (max 2 pages)
- List of publications (max 2 pages)
Please submit your application until February 5th, 2023, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Both the subject line of the E-Mail and the name of the PDF document need to be “Last Name_First Name_Name of host university”. The interviews will be held in May or June 2023.
The Alfred Landecker Foundation seeks to create a diverse group of Lecturers. Members of groups underrepresented in academia are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. If you have questions about the application process, please send an email to email@example.com.