The Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche regularly invites scholars of various national, theoretical and philosophical backgrounds to Weimar to become “Distinguished Fellows”. These internationally acclaimed scholars possess an outstanding philosophical, academic or literary reputation. The goal of the “Distinguished Fellowship” programme is to present current political, cultural and academic debates to the public.
As part of an extended lecture series, the Distinguished Fellows reflect on the possibility, necessity and occasionally the impossibility of thinking about the world, as well as the importance of philosophically examining the world as a whole – not just Western culture. The thematic focus of the fellowships is arranged in consultation with the invited fellows.
The fellows in residence live and work at the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche. These are generally junior philosophers and humanities scholars who have not yet gained tenure or who are employed as freelance philosophers and journalists.
The fellows in residence investigate and explore a diverse range of themes, all of which are presented in a two-volume anthology entitled “On Nietzsche’s Balcony. Philosophical Treatises from the Villa Silberblick”, published in 2009 and 2012 in the series “Writings from the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche”. The former fellow in residence Sarah Bianchi is now editing the third volume of the series, which is schedule for publication at the end of 2018.
In 2007, the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche awarded a doctoral fellowship in cooperation with the Faculty of Media at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar for the first time. From 2007 to 2010, the fellowship financed Stefan Wilke whose doctoral project explored the subject of “Modernity and Historicity”.
In cooperation with the Institute of Philosophy at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche awarded a second doctoral scholarship to Claudia Wirsing between 2010 and 2013. Her doctoral project addressed the subject “The Formation of Thought”.
Between 2015 and 2017, the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche in cooperation with the Institute of Philosophy at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena awarded a doctoral fellowship to Rolando Vitali. His wrote his doctoral thesis on the topic “The Will to Power: Nietzsche’s Criticism of Traditional Philosophy”.