HM Queen Margrethe II Distinguished Research Project on the Danish-Estonian common history

Deadline 15 April 2019

In commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the battle of Lyndanisse and the establishment of Danish Estonia, the Carlsberg Foundation offers two two-year postdoctoral fellowships on the subject of the Danish-Estonian common history and the interpretation of this period in Danish and Estonian history from Medieval times to the present.


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The project will be hosted at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark and at the Tallinn City Museum, in collaboration with the University of Tartu, Tallinn University and The Estonian Art Museum.

Based on the 127 years of common rule (1219-1346) the research project will investigate the impact of the Danish rule in Estonia and the importance of the Estonian Duchy for Denmark, and how this has been interpreted respectively in Danish and Estonian history, mythology, literature and art.

The aim of the project is to present new knowledge and insights into the period of common history, and to explore how deep the ties are and to what extent it has pervaded the contemporary societies within areas such as religion, architecture, law, trade, taxation, ownership of land, military, governance, etc. A part of the project could be to investigate the extent and nature of the exchange of people, goods, culture and ideas between the two countries. How was the image of Denmark and the Danish kings in medieval Estonia? And how was Estonia and the Estonians perceived in Denmark?

Further, the historiographical study should examine how the legend of the common history has influenced the understanding of the other nation through the centuries until the present. The possible source materials for this include visual arts, literature, songs, popular history, etc.

The postdoctoral fellows are expected to work closely together, build cross-scientific networks and include disciplines relating to history and cultural history; i.e. pictorial art and history of literature. Furthermore, the fellows are expected to be actively involved in organising symposia and international conferences, and to publish the results of their research in scientific journals and/or as a monograph, and as contributions to a joint exhibition at the two museums.

In order to be eligible to apply for HM Queen Margrethe II Distinguished Research Project on the Danish-Estonian common history the applicant must hold a PhD degree. Applicants with more than five years of experience since obtaining their PhD degree are not eligible. Any periods of leave (maternity leave, parental leave, sick or family care leave, military service, humanitarian aid work, etc.) will be accepted as extensions of this time limit.

Application requirements:

The application must be submitted through Webfond (application system)

The following appendices must be uploaded with the application in pdf format (please note that other formats are not accepted):

  • Project description
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications
  • Budget
  • Salary budget
  • Housing commitment from the hosting institution
  • Recommendations

Project description
The project description must not exceed two A4 pages (all included).

Curriculum Vitae
The CV (with photo) must not exceed three A4 pages.

List of publications
Senior researchers can limit their list of publications to the last five years.

An itemised budget for the amount applied for must be provided by filling in the Carlsberg Foundation’s budget template.

Salary Budget
Along with the budget, please attach a separate salary budget signed by the host institution certifying the accuracy of the salary applied for.

The Carlsberg Foundation covers general operating expenses with DKK 2,000 per month.

Operating expenses are at the postdoctoral grant holder’s disposal to cover conferences, study trips, etc. Operating expenses must not be used to cover overhead costs and administration fees.

Housing commitment from the hosting institution
The applicant must submit a confirmation from the hosting institution that it will provide adequate workplace facilities during the stay.

The applicant may attach up to three recommendations to the application.