Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) Fellowship 2020 Programme


HIIG now invite applications from early and advanced researchers with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences, who want to contribute to the range of the institute’s transdisciplinary internet research. For the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) Fellowship 2020 Programme. 




Based in the heart of Berlin, the HIIG provides a dynamic intellectual environment for fellows to pursue their own research interests and actively shape their stay. We invite fellows to collaborate with an international team of researchers and to participate in the activities at our institute. We offer a number of opportunities to share and discuss ideas. This includes:


writing and publishing papers in one of our open access publications

commenting on current developments in your field in form of HIIG blog posts

holding presentations in one of our lunch talks

organising expert workshops with your peers

engaging in joint activities and projects with other fellows

Key Areas

For our 2020 class of fellows, we consider applicants who want to pursue topics that fall within one of our research programmes, groups or projects. Please read the information on each of the linked websites closely, and position yourself and/or your project within the programme that best suits you.


The evolving digital society: Concepts, discourses, structures

Data, actors, infrastructures: The Governance of data-driven innovation and cyber security

Knowledge & Society: The change in knowledge production, organisation and transfer through digital innovation

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Understanding, informing and co-creating innovation and entrepreneurship in a rapidly changing, globally interconnected digital economy.


Master’s degree, PhD in process/planned (Junior Fellow) OR

Advanced PhD, post-doctoral researcher (Senior Fellow)

Fluency in English; command of German is appreciated

Research experience and a research project of your own that you want to pursue

Application documents

Up-to-date curriculum vitae

Motivation letter explaining your interest in the HIIG Fellowship, research background, and your expectations (1 page)

Research outline including A) your project, and how it responds to one of research programmes, B) the specific work you propose to conduct during the fellowship, C) deliverables, products or outcomes you aim to produce (max. 3 pages)

Optional: one writing or work sample covering internet research (in English or German)

For More Information:


Visit the Official Webpage of the HIIG Fellowship 2020 Programme.

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