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. Applications that complement and expand the current research focus of the Department (i.e. environmental history, 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 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 and conditions

The annual Andreas Tietze Memorial Fellowship is open to advanced doctoral candidates and postdoctoral/early stage researchers studying a specific subject in Turkish studies. Applications that complement and expand the current research focus of the Department (i.e. environmental history, 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 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.

Application and deadline

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

 

The Andreas Tietze Memorial Fellowship Programme for 2019-20 is now closed for applications. The application process for 2020-21 will be announced in March 2020.

2019-20 Andreas Tietze Fellows

 

Dr. Semih Çelik

Project: "A Veritable Child of Vienna – despite the Turkish name’: Macarlı Abdullah Bey of Vienna and the Natural History Museum in Istanbul (1849-1874)"

Fellowship Period: August-September 2019

Dr. Semih Çelik obtained his Ph.D. degree from the European University Institute in Florence in 2017 with a dissertation that focused on climate change, famines and empire-building in Anatolia during the first half of the 19th century. In Fall 2016 he was a visiting scholar at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS), and he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Koç University, ERC-funded UrbanoccupationsOETR project since Fall 2017. His current research project focuses on the environmental history of Anatolia during the long-nineteenth century, with a particular focus on agricultural production and animal-human relations.

Click here for an interview with Dr. Semih Çelik

 

Sada Payır (M.A)

Project Title: Entertainment, Propriety, Transgression: The ‘Unorthodox’ Greeks of Istanbul in the Late Ottoman Empire

Fellowship Period: November-December 2019

Sada Payır is a doctoral candidate in History in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation enquires into transgression of social, moral, and legal codes via the entertainment practices in late Ottoman Istanbul (1850-1914) and aims to show the ways in which the Greek Orthodox Christians in the entertainment business along with the clientele committed transgressions from the perspectives of the Ottoman state, the Greek Orthodox community, and the larger society. While focusing on this period and city for her research, Sada is interested in the history of the populations in the wider region of present Turkey and Greece as well as their literary and artistic productions from ancient to modern times.