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.

The focus ERRANS environ/s (2018-20) investigates the ways in which an attention to environments can have the effect of dissolving boundaries or making them permeable, questioning clear-cut distinctions, undermining naive ontologies, decentring the subject, folding nature and culture, and producing complex political ecologies attuned to far-reaching entanglements.

Fellowship Announcement
The ICI Berlin announces 12 post-doctoral fellowships for the Academic Years 2020–22
Deadline: 19 January 2020 (23:59 CET)

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.

Scholars from all disciplines are invited to engage in a joint exploration of ‘Reduction’. We especially welcome applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in scholarly research.

The committed exchange between fellows is a central aim of the Institute. Applicants should be interested in a theoretical reflection on the conceptual and intellectual basis of their projects and in discussing it with fellows from other disciplines. In particular, fellows will be expected to participate in the weekly colloquia, bi-weekly informal meetings, and other activities of the Institute, to contribute to a common publication, and to be resident in Berlin for the duration of the fellowship.

For further details, please see the fellowship announcement.


23 Sep 2019 – 17 Jul 2020
Term I

23 Sep:   Term Begins
4 Nov – 10 Nov:   Break Week
13 Dec:   Term Ends

Term II

13 Jan:   Term Begins
17 Feb – 23 Feb:   Break Week
27 Mar:   Term Ends

Term III

27 Apr:   Term Begins
1 Jun – 7 Jun:   Break Week
10 Jul:   Term Ends
13 Jul – 17 Jul:   Check Out Week


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 2020 – 15 Jul 2021
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