Andreas Tietze Memorial Fellowship in Turkish Studies

Andreas Tietze (1914 - 2003) was a world-renowned Austrian Turcologist, who was born and educated in Vienna. He started his career at Istanbul University, where he had taken refuge from the Hitler regime from 1938 to 1958, and at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was emeritus professor of Turkish at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from 1958 to 1971. After decades in Turkey and the United States, he finally returned to the University of Vienna in 1973 as a professor of Turcology. He served as faculty member at the Department of Near Eastern Studies until his retirement in 1984.Tietze was one of the most outstanding scholars who passed through the halls of the Department. He published an astonishing number of books and articles on topics ranging from lexicology and etymology to history and folk dancing. In addition, he received numerous awards for his substantial contribution to the field of Turkish studies.

The Department of Near Eastern Studies of the University of Vienna has now established the Andreas Tietze Memorial Fellowship in Turkish Studies to commemorate the life and work of this iconic twentieth-century Turcologist. The fellowship will have the goal to ensure that Tietze’s name will always be associated with outstanding research conducted by promising scholars at the Department of Near Eastern Studies of the University of Vienna.

The annual Andreas Tietze Memorial Fellowship is open to advanced doctoral candidates and postdoctoral/early stage researchers studying a specific subject in Turkish studies. We particularly welcome applications that complement and expand the current research focus of the Department (i.e. environmental history, history of technology, digital humanities, consumption history, history of tourism, and cultural heritage) will be given preference. However, we also look forward to other interesting applications.

The Andreas Tietze Fellow will have a workplace with access to the Internet and the library for the duration of his/her research project. Furthermore, he/she will receive a scholarship of up to 1,500 euros (total) to cover the costs of living in Vienna. The duration of the fellowship will be between one and three months. During the fellowship, the Fellow is expected to live in Vienna, participate in the Department’s activities and present his/her research (e.g. in the form of a public lecture, discussion, participation in a seminar or similar). The Fellow will be part of an international and vibrant academic environment at the University of Vienna and benefit from the resources available in Vienna (including the Austrian National Library and the Habsburg Archives) while conducting his or her research.

Eligibility Requirements

  • advanced doctoral candidate (ABD status) or postdoctoral/early stage researcher
  • high level of proficiency in English, proficiency in German is an advantage
  • an original research topic

Application documents (to be submitted in a single PDF file)

  • cover letter
  • CV including a list of publications (no more than 2 pages)
  • description of the research project including methodology, sources, and the planned presentation of research findings in Vienna (public lecture, workshop, seminar, etc.) (no more than 2 pages)
  • time schedule
  • name and contact information for a reference (no recommendation letter needed)

Applicants may write their applications in English or German. We recommend using the language in which you are most proficient. Please send your application as a single PDF file via e-mail to Dr. Onur İnal ( by 1 October 2020. Applicants will be notified about the outcome approximately one month after the deadline. If you have any questions about the application procedure or the fellowship programme in general, please contact Dr. Onur İnal (