The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) is offering “Internet and Society” Fellowship to study in Berlin, Germany. The HIIG provides a dynamic intellectual environment for fellows to pursue their own research interests and actively shape their stay.

Internet and Society Fellowship is open to advanced researchers with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences, who want to contribute to the range of the institute’s transdisciplinary internet research for 2020.

Based in the heart of Berlin, the HIIG provides a dynamic intellectual environment for fellows to pursue their own research interests and actively shape their stay. They invite fellows to collaborate with an international team of researchers and to participate in the activities at our institute. They offer a number of opportunities to share and discuss ideas. This includes:

  • writing and publishing papers in one of our open access publications
  • commenting on current developments in your field in form of HIIG blog posts
  • holding presentations in one of our lunch talks
  • organising expert workshops with your peers
  • engaging in joint activities and projects with other fellows

For their 2020 class of fellows, they consider applicants who want to pursue topics that fall within one of their research programmes. Please read the information on each of the linked websites closely, and position yourself and/or your project within the programme that best suits you.

  • The evolving digital society: concepts, discourses, structures
  • Data, actors, infrastructures: The Governance of data-driven innovation and cyber security
  • Learning, knowledge, innovation: The change in knowledge production, organisation and transfer through digital innovation

Worth of Award

  • Fellows may use the facilities free of charge during their stay.
  • However, they are expected to bring their own funding from their home institution or outside grants.
  • Fellows must take care of accommodation, insurance, childcare, and travel arrangements. In special cases, fellows can apply for a travel grant of up to 700 Euros and a visa subsidy of up to 200 Euros.


  • Master’s degree, PhD in process/planned (Junior Fellow) OR
  • Advanced PhD, post-doctoral researcher (Senior Fellow)
  • Fluency in English; command of German is appreciated
  • Research experience and a research project of your own that you want to pursue

How to Apply

  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter explaining your interest in the HIIG Fellowship, research background, and your expectations (1 page)
  • Research outline including A) your project, and how it responds to one of research programmes, B) the specific work you propose to conduct during the fellowship, C) deliverables, products or outcomes you aim to produce (max. 3 pages)
  • Optional: one writing or work sample covering internet research (in English or German)

Deadline: Deadline for the Internet and Society Fellowship 2020 is Monday, September 2, 2019.


Click here for more details and to apply

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