How to Become a Visiting Fellow at the GIGA

The GIGA Visiting Research Fellowship is open to outstanding postdoctoral researchers with a focus on global transitions who are engaged in comparative and interdisciplinary research. The GIGA is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. We welcome applications from candidates who

As a visiting fellow you will be fully integrated in the GIGA’s research matrix: you will be part of one of our regional institutes and of at least one research programme. You will benefit from

  • a vibrant research environment and a global approach to scholarship, in an international team of political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, and historians;
  • exposure to exclusive policy-advising activities;
  • access to the GIGA Information Centre, Germany’s largest library on area and comparative area studies; and
  • a well-established international scholar network.

Please be aware that we do not offer funded fellowships. However, we are happy to support your application for external funding with the above-mentioned institutions and are curious to hear about your ideas.

Please contact a potential facilitator at the GIGA to back your candidacy and provide him/her with the necessary documentation on your endeavour. If you have not been in touch with the GIGA to date and would like to become a visiting fellow, please send a detailed outline of your research plans, providing compelling arguments for their potential contribution to the GIGA’s work, to As the GIGA only takes in a limited number of visiting fellows per year, please make sure to apply well in advance.

If you are a PhD student and would like to become a doctoral visiting fellow at the GIGA, please contact the academic director or the coordinator of the GIGA Doctoral Programme.