Junior Fellowship Program

Call for Application Autumn Semester 2024

The Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg), established at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Bern, is an interdisciplinary research and junior research network (IFN) hosting the Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (GSAH) as well as a program for Junior Fellows. For the autumn semester 2024, the IFN invites applications for fellowships (6 months) for promising post-doctoral researchers from the humanities. The call is particularly aimed at those who are seeking a longer-term affiliation with the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Bern through corresponding funding schemes (such as SNSF Postdoc.Mobility, SNSF Ambizione, SNSF Starting or Advanced Grants, SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships).


  • You will prepare a competitive application for a grant or a project position during the period of employment.
  • You are prepared to make a limited contribution to the academic activities at the WBKolleg ( involvement in an event, invitation of a guest researcher, etc.).


  • You have an excellent doctorate in a humanities discipline.
  • You are working on an interdisciplinary postdoc project.
  • You have knowledge of German (at least passive) and English (active and passive).

We offer

  • Salary according to cantonal guidelines (Bern)
  • Mentoring by faculty members
  • Professional grant application coaching
  • An interdisciplinary intellectual environment
  • Support in networking with members of the faculty
  • Professional workplaces
  • Use of infrastructure


50 % (9 months)

Start of employment

1 August 2024

Start of employment

30 April 2025

Application documents
(German or English)

Motivation letter

  • Motivation (max. 1 page, incl. desired networking opportunities in Bern)
  • Name of the institution (e.g. SNSF) to which an application is to be submitted and the intended funding category (e.g. SNSF Ambizione)
    Applicants who wish to prepare an application for an SNSF Ambizione or Starting Grant at an institute of the faculty should already have established contact with the relevant faculty members (please mention contacts).
  • Schedule for the duration of the six months fellowship in Bern (max. 1 page)

Project description

  • Abstract in English (15–20 lines)
  • 5–10 keywords
  • Research project: Theses, theory, method, literature, preliminary work (max. 5 pages)


  • A letter of recommendation

Curriculum vitae

  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • list of publications
  • Optional: PDF of max. one published text

Application deadline


03 March 2024

by invitation in April 2024 (date to follow)


Please send all application documents in one PDF-file (surname_ifn_hs24.pdf) to: michael.toggweiler@unibe.ch


If you have any questions about the application procedure, please contact the IFN coordinator, Dr. Michael Toggweiler: michael.toggweiler@unibe.ch

For questions regarding the program's content, please contact the director  ad interim of the IFN, Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble: michaela.schaeuble@unibe.ch