Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study (HWK)

city / country: 
Delmenhorst, Germany

Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study

Lehmkuhlenbusch 4
27753 Delmenhorst


Tel. +49 (0)4221 9160 123       

Contact person: Susanne Fuchs


The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) is a non-profit foundation, incorporated under German civil law by the German federal states of Lower Saxony and Bremen and by the City of Delmenhorst. It is located in the Northwest of Germany, close to the city of Bremen. Its primary goal is to support and to inspire excellent and innovative research across disciplinary borders. It offers junior and senior scholars of all ages and nationalities the opportunity to concentrate on research projects without the distraction of routine commitments and to gain insights from other disciplines and other scientific traditions. Fellows have the opportunity to cooperate with colleagues at neighboring universities (i.e. Bremen and Oldenburg) and research institutes in the region. This allows HWK to offer laboratory space for scientists from the natural sciences. Weekly fellow lectures followed by dinner, between 70 and 100 conferences and workshops per year that cover all HWK research areas and lots of informal meetings and events create a lively intellectual environment.

Premises and facilities: 

21 fully-furnished and comfortable apartments for singles, couples and families are provided for the Fellows. The lobby, the lounge, a lecture hall, a fireplace and a bistro and a fitness room with sauna offer space for academic, cultural and social activities.

Language classes and extracurricular activities for Fellows and their families help to ease integration. Fellows have their own library with direct access to the university libraries; free interlibrary loan service is also available. Several cars and public transport tickets ensure convenient access to the regional universities and research institutes.

Scientific priorities: 

HWK concentrates on four broad research areas: energy research, marine and climate research (including coastal research and biodiversity), neurosciences and cognitive sciences and social sciences (including law). Dedicated to interdisciplinary dialogue HWK promotes projects that seek to explore interrelations between its four research fields.

HWK aims at including economics into its research areas and strongly encourages projects that explore research questions located in between social sciences/economics and neurosciences and cognition sciences. Within these areas any excellent application is most welcome. Applications from the humanities and the historical sciences are welcome, too but need to have (strong) links to social science topics and/or methods or to another research area supported at HWK.

In addition, HWK hosts an art program intended to support artists who reflect on scientific topics and methods in their art work.

Opening to sciences outside the humanities and social sciences: 

HWK welcomes applications from all disciplines that relate to its four research areas.