Postdoctoral Fellow, South Asian Studies with a Focus on Religion

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Postdoctoral Fellow, South Asian Studies with a Focus on Religion

The University of Göttingen, known informally as Georgia Augusta, is a Public comprehensive research university in the city of Göttingen, Germany. Founded in 1734 by George II, King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover and starting classes in 1737, the university is the oldest in the state of Lower Saxony, and also the biggest in student enrolment, which stands at around 26,000. The university is highly renowned and respected both in Germany and in the world and has shaped Göttingen into a university city with a high student and faculty population.

About the fellowship

The Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the Georg-August-Universitt Gttingen seeks to fill the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in South Asian Studies, with a Focus on Religion Remuneration will be according to the German public sector pay scale level E13 TV-L. In addition to pursuing a postdoctoral research project, the fellow will design and organize conferences and workshops in consultation with colleagues at the Centre, and will teach courses on themes linked to their research at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies.

The scholar will be based at the University of Goettingen in Germany, but may spend a portion of the fellowship period conducting field research, in consultation with the Indian Religions research group leader. Applicants from all countries are encouraged to apply. English proficiency is expected; German is not required, but would be welcome.


Applications are welcome from scholars across the social sciences and humanities whose work represents an innovative approach to thinking about questions of religion in India. Preference will be given to candidates whose research and writing addresses one or more of the following topics: minority religions, conversion, gender, caste and social inequality, religion and empire, religion and democratic theory and practice, and religion and violence.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field, such as Religious Studies, History, Anthropology, Sociology, South Asian Studies, or Political Science.

Applicants must be proficient in English.

Fellowship HighlightThe University of Göttingen is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons withequivalent aptitude will be favoured.

Duration: 2 years (extendable)

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