General Information

Postdoctoral fellows are invited from across the globe to spend two years at the Institute to pursue their individual projects in varied disciplines, but also to shape, advance, and probe the Institute’s biennial project in a weekly research colloquium as well as by collaboratively organizing workshops, symposia, and conferences. Fellowships are usually advertised every other year for a particular project. Applications can only be considered when received during the application period.

The ICI Berlin formulates interlocking core projects that run over several years: Tension/Spannung (2007–14), ERRANS (2014–20), Reduction (2020–). The collaborative work within the fellowship programme informs is informs, and is informed by, shorter-term foci, such as, Multistable Figures, Constituting Wholes, ERRANS, in Time, or ERRANS environ/s.

ICI Core Project 2014-20

The core project ERRANS takes the shifting meanings of erring — connoting the violation of norms as well as the activity of wandering — as a starting point to explore the critical potentials and risks of embracing error, randomness, failure, and non-teleological temporalities. After a focus on ERRANS, in Time, the current focus is ERRANS environ/s.

ICI Core Project 2020-

The ICI Berlin’s new core project ‘Reduction’ will explore the critical potentials of notions and practices of ‘reduction’, within and across different fields and approaches, from the sciences, technology, and the arts to feminist, queer, and decolonial approaches, inquiring in particular into the transversality of different economies of reduction and production, and into possibilities of escaping them.

The deadline for the 2020–22 ICI Fellowship announcement has passed. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any applications before our next announcement, which will probably be posted by mid November 2021 on this website, our newsletter and other mailinglists.


14 Sep 2020 – 16 Jul 2021
Term I

14 – 20 Sep:   Check-In Week
21 Sep: Term Begins
2 Nov – 8 Nov:   Break Week
11 Dec:   Term Ends

Term II

11 Jan:   Term Begins
15 Feb – 21 Feb:   Break Week
26 Mar:   Term Ends

Term III

26 Apr:   Term Begins
31 May – 6 Jun:   Break Week
9 Jul:   Term Ends
12 Jul – 16 Jul:   Check Out Week


13 Sep 2021 – 15 Jul 2022
Term I

13 – 19 Sep:   Check-In Week
20 Sep: Term Begins
1 Nov – 7 Nov:   Break Week
10 Dec:   Term Ends

Term II

10 Jan:   Term Begins
14 Feb – 20 Feb:   Break Week
25 Mar:   Term Ends

Term III

25 Apr:   Term Begins
30 May – 5 Jun:   Break Week
8 Jul:   Term Ends
11 Jul – 15 Jul:   Check Out Week