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, Tietze finally returned to the University of Vienna in 1973 as a professor of Turcology. He served as a 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 aims 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 projects that require a (research) stay in Vienna and/or 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). We also welcome applications from candidates who seek to work on external grant proposals (e.g., European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, or Austrian Science Fund).

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 3,000 euros (total) to cover the living costs in Vienna. Unfortunately, the Department of Near Eastern Studies is not in a position to reimburse travel costs to and from Vienna from the fellow’s country of origin.

The duration of the fellowship will be between one and three months. The Fellow is desired to be available to start the fellowship on 1 March 2024; 1 May 2024; 1 September 2024; or 1 November 2024. 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 who received his/her PhD degree not more than five years ago
  • high level of proficiency in English, German knowledge is an advantage
  • an original research project

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

  • cover letter explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue the fellowship and how the research stay in Vienna will fit the fellowship criteria (no more than 2 pages)
  • 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)
  • name and contact information for a reference (no recommendation letter needed)
  • research schedule for the fellowship period, including starting date and preferred length of stay

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 30 September 2023. Applicants will be notified about the outcome approximately one month after the deadline.

For questions about the application procedure or the fellowship programme in general, do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Onur İnal (