The Leo Baeck Institute London is inviting applications for a fellowship for doctoral or postdoctoral studies. The Leonor Michaelis Fellowship of 1,200 euros per month (or £850) is granted for a year. An extension is possible. Applicants should have completed their studies in the humanities or sciences with an outstanding degree and should have an interest in Jewish history. The planned research should be related to the LBI project Jews in German Academia, 19th and 20th Centuries and deal with developments in one of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, history, classical philology, philosophy, physics, or theoretical medicine. Applications including CV, research proposal, and the names and contact details of three referees should be submitted by 30 June 2007.
The Leo Baeck Institute London, founded in 1955, is the leading research institution for studies devoted to German-speaking Jewry. It publishes the LBI Year Book and Schriftenreihe. The Institute is connected with the British university system in various ways, e.g. by jointly organising the MA and PhD programme Modern European Jewish History, Culture and Thought with the University of Sussex.
Leonor Michaelis (1875-1949) from Berlin, founder of quantitative enzymology, was one of the great figures of German biochemistry in the beginning of the 20th century. He did not receive a position in German academia because he was Jewish, held politically liberal views, and distinguished himself by a scientific orientation which was unusual in medical research at the time. In 1922 he emigrated to Japan and later to the USA, where he became a member of the Rockefeller Institute for Medicine in New York.
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