Call for CSSM Visiting Fellowship open now!

The CSSM fellowship is awarded to three scholars from any career stage annually. During their stay, fellows will work on their own projects while engaging in the academic life of CSSM by participating and contributing to the organisation of activities in the Centre. Ideally, the three fellows join the Centre simultaneously to maximise opportunities for collaboration. During their stay, fellows will have visiting scholar affiliation and gain access to office space and other university services like libraries and online resources. Participants are expected to acknowledge the CSSM in any publication arising from their stay in Helsinki.

The fellowship offers fellows economic support to visit the CSSM in Helsinki for 1 to 3 months at 1.500€ per month of stay which is meant to cover accommodation and living expenses. The CSSM will also cover travel expenses up to 1.500€. We will assist you with any necessary visa and travel arrangements prior to your visit.

The CSSM is a hub for social scientists and artists conducting research on human-microbial relations. Microbes are not only biological entities but also shape, and are shaped by, our social worlds. The Centre aims to explore how relationships with microbes raise profound challenges for social theory, which demand new social scientific language and methodologies for describing and explaining the complex and entwined relationships between human and nonhuman animals, microbes, and the environment. Not only is this work theoretically motivated, it is key to developing sustainable methods of planetary co-existence in the Anthropocene.

To facilitate the creation of innovative knowledge requires inclusive and egalitarian ways of knowing, the CSSM has a strong emphasis on collaboration. It is establishing an exploratory setting, in which new decentralised collaborative practices are developed. The Centre will host international research fellows and an art residency and organises social theory and methodology workshops, academic seminars, and a yearly PhD school.


The call for CSSM Visiting Fellow applications will be open between 01.07.2022 and 01.08.2022.

During this call, we will take applications for the period of February-April 2023 and the period August-October 2023.

To apply, please send the following documents:

  • 1000 words statement of your research interests, your planned work at CSSM and its alignment with the Centre’s objectives and ethos. For further details, please explore our website. In your statement, include the order of preference for the visiting periods above as well as your preferred length of the stay (1, 2, or 3 months).
  • 2 pages CV with key publications as well as name and contact for one referee.

Please, submit your documents during the call period to

Deadline for submission is August 1, 2022.