Gerda Henkel General Research Grants: Scholarships


Type and scope of the funding

Applications for research scholarships can be made directly by Postdocs or scholars with Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification. A research scholarship is usually applied for by one scholar who will work on a specific project on his own. An institutional affiliation is not necessary. The simultaneous receipt of salary or retirement pension and a research scholarship is not possible.

The funding period is generally between one and 24 months.

Application documents

From now on, it is only possible to apply electronically for the general research grants. The necessary application documents can be uploaded in the electronic application form.

The following documents must be included in an application for a research scholarship (in German or English):

  • description of the research proposal (max. 8 pages)

    • plus bibliography if necessary (in addition to the max. 8 pages)
    • at least font size 11 and line spacing 1.5
    • please choose a readable font, e.g. Arial 11 pt. or Times New Roman 12 pt.
  • time schedule and working plan with information about the necessary travel to archives, libraries and museums or other destinations
  • detailed cost calculation
    • specific funds being applied for must be precisely defined. Please indicate all costs in euros.
    • calculation of travel (travel, local transportation and lodging) and material costs (e.g. for photocopies or film versions of archive material, photographs, etc., not a lump sum for books)
    • scholarships and possible allowances must be listed in the cost plan. Please note our fixed monthly rates
    • no flat-rate daily allowance or flat-rates for hotel expenses
    • no college or tuition fees
  • tabular curriculum vitae with list of publications
  • copies of academic certificates (Masters, PhD, professorship, etc.; please do not send Bachelor certificates)
  • one letter of recommendation

Please note that the Gerda Henkel Foundation will not contact any referees and the applicants are responsible for requesting the letters of recommendation themselves.

Please do not additionally send the documents by email or postal mail.


Application date
1-24 months
Humanities : Archaeology, Arts and Art history, History, Philosophy, Theology and religion