Research Facilities and Grants
This program is promoted by the Freie Universitat Berlin and supported by
the United States Information Agency and the Canadian Embassy.
Under a program of grants funded by the Freie Universitat Berlin, the John F.
Kennedy-Institut fur Nordamerikastudien awards grants of one to three
month duration for scholars with a permanent European residence.
The extensive holdings of the Institute's library make it possible that Europe
scholars researching various topics relating to the United States of America
and Canada can consider an initial period of research in Berlin before they
cross the Atlantic. For an introduction to the holdings of the library please
the Guide to the Research Library of the John F. Kennedy Institut fur
Nordamerikastudien on this webpage, where you can also download a
PDF-file of this guide. If you wish to obtain a printed version of this brochu
please direct your request to the library in writing (address see below).
Graduates at all stages in their career are invited to apply; scholars who are
preparing a doctoral dissertation; a "Habilitationsschrift" or other
research-oriented publications. Projects must be related to the United States
of America and/or Canada in the fields of:
The amount of the monthly payment will be determined by the qualifications
and the income status based on the following guidelines:
- Graduate students without a Ph.D. candidates DM 1.800.- per month
- Grantees with a Ph.D. or at least three years of professional experience
DM 2.600.- per month
- To cover costs of stay in Berlin scholars continuing their salaries will
receive DM 1.300.- per month
In addition every scholar will receive a lump sum for travel costs and a lump
sum of DM 100.- for photocopies.
Since these stipends are not subject to income taxes or social security
contributions, those with full stipends may not hold other jobs. The grantees
are, however, required to take out health insurance for the period of the
Applications must contain:
the completed form;
To obtain the forms please contact: www.fu-Berlin.de/jfki/
a brief curriculum vitae;
a description of two pages of the research project indicating the
research objective, the state of research in the field, method or
approach, and how the resources of the JFKI can be used to further
a list or outline of the literature to be studied in the library (on a
All applications must be endorsed by a senior scholar supervising the project.
Established scholars do not need recommendation.
After you have finished your work at the John F. Kennedy Institute we would
appreciate a final report on your experiences. A questionnaire with guiding
questions for your final report can be obtained here.
Please send your application to the
John F. Kennedy-Institut fur Nordamerikastudien
The screening committee meets in November (grants for the first half of the
following year) and in June (grants for the second half of the year). Deadline
for applications are the 31st of October and the 31st of May. All grants must
be used within the year for which they have been awarded.
Freie Universitat Berlin
If you have any questions please contact:
(30) - 838 27 03 Administration
(30) - 838 28 58 Librarian
(30) - 838 28 59 Deputy librarian, Ilse Repplinger, M.A., specific questions
The John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies forms part of the Free University of Berlin. In addition to its extensive American holdings, the library of the
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin is also
a major centre for books and records relating to Canada. Under
a program of grants funded by the Free University of Berlin and
supported by the Canadian Government, research grants of up
to three months duration are awarded for scholars with permanent
The extensive holdings of the Institute's library make it possible for
European scholars researching various topics relating to Canada to
consider an initial period of research in Berlin before they cross the
Graduates at all stages in their career are invited to apply: scholars
who are preparing a doctoral dissertation, those writing
a "habilitation" work, as well as indviduals involved in other
research-oriented work and publications.
Projects must be related to Canada in the fields of:
Culture - Literature - Language/Linguistics - History
The amount of the monthly payment will be determined by the
applicant's qualifications and income status. In addition, every
scholar will receive a lump sum for travel costs and a lump sum for
Politics - Sociology - Economics - Geography
The Institute would welcome receiving more applications for these grants.
DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS ARE THE 31st OCTOBER AND THE 31st MAY EACH
For further information, and application forms, write to:
John F Kennedy-Institut fur Nordamerikastudien
Information is also available over the Internet at:
Freie Universitat Berlin
phone: (+ 49 30) 838 2703
fax: (+ 49 30) 838 2882
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