Digital Humanism Fellowship

Fellowship Programs


The fellowship aims to bring eminent scholars from a wide range of academic fields to the Institute and allow them to pursue cutting-edge research on all aspects of the networked society. Each semester, a Senior Visiting Fellow spends a one-month fellowship at the IWM. Additionally, two Junior Visiting Fellows come to the Institute each semester, carry out their own research projects, and enjoy the possibility of an intensified collaboration and discussion with the Senior Visiting Fellow. 

Candidates for Junior Visiting Fellowships are expected to pursue research on digitalization’s intersection with societal, economic, and geopolitical dimensions, as well as other relevant research foci from the humanities and social sciences.

Two fellows will be invited to spend a period of three consecutive months at the Institute in spring 2024. Generally, fellowships start on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month. 


Postdoctoral candidates––i.e., those who have defended their PhD by the date of the fellowship application deadline––will receive a stipend of EUR 3,000 per month; candidates currently pursuing their doctoral degree will receive a stipend of EUR 2,500 per month to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, health insurance and any incidental costs related to their stay in Vienna. In addition, the IWM provides the fellows with office space including Internet access, in-house research and administrative facilities, as well as an in-house lunch and other services free of charge.


Senior Visiting Fellowships are awarded by invitation only. 

Applicants to the Junior Visiting Fellowship must currently pursue their doctoral degree or have obtained a PhD not longer than four years ago at the time of application. 


The application consists of the following:

  • application form
  • a project description (max. 550 characters)
  • a project proposal (max. 7,500 characters incl. spaces) containing a description of the project’s a) objectives, b) the state of the art, c) methods, and d) a work plan
  • a curriculum vitae including a list of publications
  • a letter of motivation
  • two letters of recommendation by a scholar familiar with the applicant’s academic work

All application materials should be in English.

Deadline for Applications: 30 September 2023

Please send your application including the letters of recommendation in one pdf-file as an e-mail attachment to: 

Franz Graf
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Subject header: Digital Humanism Junior Visiting Fellowship Application


The finalists are selected by a jury of experts. Applicants are notified of the jury decision in due time. The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions or provide applicants with individual feedback on their applications.

In Cooperation with

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The Digital Humanism fellowship program is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.



Franz Graf
Fellowship Program Coordinator


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