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The Scientific Committee of the THP and Fondazione1563 have decided to devote the first research cycle of the THP (2021-2023) to the investigation of the Enlightenment legacy: the rights of man in a global perspective. Fondazione 1563 is pleased to launch the first call for applications to award 4 two-year fellowships for advanced studies on this topic.

The 2020 call for applications is available online under THP/Call for applications/THP–2020.

For information and questions please email:

Applicants are invited to submit research projects of a maximum of 3000 words, plus bibliography. Projects are expected to engage with one or more aspects of the general research framework of Enlightenment legacy: the rights of man in a global perspective. Details of the research framework can be found here.

The Director of Studies for this programme (2021-2023) will be Vincenzo Ferrone, Professor of Modern History in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Turin, Italy.Proposals are expected to focus on the worldwide legacy ofEnlightenment in the field of the rights ofman, especially but not exclusively in the nineteenth century, as described in the research framework. Proposals should also contain an illustration of the different project phases, the relevant sources and methodologies and the expected outcomes, which will be considered an integral part of the project itself. Successful candidates will carry out their individual research projects under the supervision of the Director of Studies. They will also collaborate in the organization of activities such as seminars, conferences, lectures and summer schools, during which they will be invited to share their research projects with a larger community of academics as well as students and the general public.


The call is open to applicants holding a doctorate in History or in any Humanities discipline. They must be fluent in English, both spoken and written. English will be the default language of THP.Applicants should normally be within 7 years of the award of their PhD.There are no nationality requirements. Fondazione 1563 encourages applications from scholars of all backgrounds. We welcome diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment.


Each of the 4 Fellowships consists of an annual grant of € 25.000 (before taxes). The grant will last two years, starting on September 1, 2021 until August 31, 2023. The total amount awarded to each individual fellow during the two-year fellowship will therefore be € 50.000 (before taxes). These grants may not be held in conjunction with any other award.For any further information on the grants please refer to the THP Terms and Conditions of Grant, that can be found here.


Applications must be submitted online by filling out the form available on the website of Fondazione 1563 at THP/Call for applications/THP–2020. Applications submitted by other means will not be considered.

For the application instructions please visit the following page.

Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2021 (11.00 PM CET).

In addition to the research proposal, applicantsmust submit:

  • an article-length piece of writing, published or unpublished, that demonstrates innovative thinking (written in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish).
  • the contact information of two scholars familiar with the applicant’s work and willing to act as their referees (one of whom can be their PhD supervisor); only the referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the search committee.