Call for Junior and Senior Fellowships

ICAS:MP advertises multiple Senior and Postdoctoral Short-Term Fellowships for the academic year July 2020-June 2021

Closing date: 30.6.2019

The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century” (ICAS:MP), a project under the aegis of the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, advertises multiple fellowships for the academic year July 2020-June 2021.

ICAS:MP is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and has its main location in New Delhi, India. It offers a fellowship programme for senior and postdoctoral scholars whose research focuses on at least one of the following ICAS research themes (TM=Thematic Modules).

TM1: History as a Political Category

TM2: Labour as a Political Category

TM3: Critiques and Renewals of Democracy

TM4: Normative Conflicts and Transformations

TM5: The Challenge of Gender

TM6: Political Economy of Growth and Distribution

Fellowship Terms & Conditions:

Senior Fellowships are for up to 6 months. ICAS:MP will either pay a stipend or reimburse a teaching substitute in the home institution of the successful candidates. Fellows also receive travel costs and allowances for housing and other costs in Delhi.

Postdoctoral Fellowships can be awarded for up to 7 months. ICAS:MP will pay a stipend and allowances for housing and other costs in Delhi. Fellowship recipients will also be reimbursed for their travel costs.

For further information please see:


Conference Series: In Global Transit

Against the background of the continuing debate on global migration and its consequences, the German Historical Institutes in Washington, D.C. and London, in cooperation with the newly established Branch Offices in Berkeley (GHI West), New Delhi (India Branch Office) and Peking (China Branch Office), have developed a series of conferences on historical flight and migration research.

This way, the Max Weber Foundation aims to contribute to the analysis of these socially relevant and currently much discussed topics. The great potential provided by the new Branch Offices results from the possibility of bringing in new research approaches and perspectives from their host countries which are situated in regions particularly relevant for migration and flight. Additionally, “In Global Transit” strengthens the network between the new Branch Offices and the long established institutes of the Max Weber Foundation in Beirut, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Rom, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington, D.C.

Overview of conferences:

Upcoming event

19 22 May 2019, Berkeley, USA:
“In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)”

2020, Conference in China, in planning

Panel Discussion on Education, Marginality and the Urban: Linkages and Intersections

26 June 2019, German Historical Institute London

Participants: Isabel Ramos Lobato (ILS Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development Dortmund); Nandini Manjrekar (Tata Institute of Social Science Mumbai); Geetha B. Nambissan (JNU Delhi); Shivali Tukdeo (National Institute of Advanced Studies Bengaluru); Georgie Wemyss (University of East London)
Concept Note (pdf file)

Past Calls

Postdoctoral Research Position for 2 years at the Max Weber Stiftung – India Branch Office (IBO) in New Delhi. Pay will be in keeping with the current rules of the German embassy in India.

The Max Weber Stiftung – India Branch Office (IBO) invites applications from postdoctoral scholars for the position of a Junior Research Associate for 2 years to be based at the IBO in New Delhi. The candidate is expected to contribute to the international research network “Bilderfahrzeuge (Image Vehicles): Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology”, supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research, and realized in a collaboration of the Warburg Institute, London, with German partner institutions (see list below). The objective of this project is to explore the migration of images, objects, and ideas in a broad historical and geographical perspective. In particular, it seeks to provide a contribution to the history of images which is based on Aby Warburg’s approach and method, rethinking them in the light of new interdisciplinary, international scholarship. For further information on the research network see .

ICAS: MP is hiring staff and aim at filling the following vacant positions in their Delhi office:

Programme Officer Finance (full time)
Project Assistant (full time)
PR Assistant with Social Media Focus (30%)

All job advertisments can also be found on their website:

India Research Programme

The India Research Programme of the Max Weber Stiftung began in 2013 with the Transnational Research Group (TRG) Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century. It has now diversified into a number of research projects and activities. The India Branch Office of the Max Weber Stiftung was set up in New Delhi in 2014 with the goal of conducting, in cooperation with partners from Indian academic institutions, research in the humanities and social sciences.

For more information on the different Research Programmes please see