Online Application Process
Please have your documents ready before starting the online application process – there is no saving option!
Unless you press the “submit”-button in the end of the online form, we won’t get any of your information.
In order to apply, you must fill in the online application form and upload ONE merged PDF containing all application documents with your name as the file name:
Applications may be submitted either in German or English.
Required documents which must be contained in your PDF file in the following order:
1) A short abstract of your project (max. 1,000 characters including blanks)
2) The research proposal (excluding bibliography, max. 1,200 words, including footnotes)
Tips for preparing your research proposal:
Our reviewers appreciate legible, concise, well-organized material; we do not ask them to read applications that are not clearly typed or that exceed the prescribed length. The IFK reserves the right to reject applications that are incomplete or those that do not follow our guidelines.
Guideline questions – try to answer the following questions while writing your proposal description:
a) Describe your research question/hypothesis or research objective as precisely as possible. That is, what is the focus of your investigation?
The formulation of a developed research question, hypothesis or research objective is an important characteristic of a successful proposal and should therefore be concisely done. Instead of presenting a vast research topic, applicants should develop answerable questions in the context of a larger research topic.
b) How does your research build upon and go beyond existing scholarship in your scholarly field?
The applicant should clearly demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the literature relevant to the topic of research and should indicate how the proposed research might advance previous work in the field.
c) How – if at all – does your research proposal relate to the present IFK_research foci?
d) Which work program (methodology) is to be applied and which evidence will be assembled in order to answer your research question?
Applicants are strongly advised to explicitly demonstrate that the methodological procedures proposed and the evidence collected will realistically support the research objectives expressed in question a).
e) The goal of the IFK is to support original and innovative research in interdisciplinary culture studies and humanities. Please describe the interdisciplinary dimension of your research project.
Applicants should emphasize the contribution of the proposed research not only to the specific area of research being addressed but also to the broader spectrum of interdisciplinary culture studies and humanities. Therefore, it is important to precisely formulate the interdisciplinary dimension of the research project.
3) Core bibliography relevant to your research project (1 page maximum)
4) Academic curriculum vitae/list of publications (5 pages maximum)
If you have any questions that are not answered in the informational document on our website or in the online application form itself, then please write to email@example.com or contact us per telephone: +43 1 504 11 26 2606.