There are currently no open calls for proposals in this programme.
Starting in 2011, the Gerda Henkel Foundation was offering Marie Curie Fellowships in the M4HUMAN (Mobility for experienced researchers in historical humanities and Islamic studies) programme aimed at supporting outstanding scholars. This funding initiative is co-financed by the European Commission under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research. One objective of this fixed-term programme is to increase networking between researchers in the historical humanities at the international level, including researchers in religious, cultural and political sciences under the special programme “Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements”. Other goals include the promotion of trans-national academic exchange, increasing transnational mobility, facilitating further education and the positive and long-term influencing of the research environment in both origin and destination countries. Research scholarships could be requested for a larger-scale research work or in connection with a research project. The programme provided 24-month research grants for experienced and senior researchers.
In addition to the academic suitability of the applicant, a precondition for the application was an element of mobility (either incoming or outgoing); i.e. a stay at a host research institute selected by the applicant, situated in a country other than the country of origin and lasting for at least 70% of the 24-month period covered by the grant. The following combinations were acceptable:
- Origin: EU, Associated Countries*, Third Countries**, German researchers outside Germany
- Destination: Germany
- Origin: Germany, EU, Associated Countries*
- Destination: EU (excluding Germany), Associated Countries*, Third Countries**
Not accepted were only the cases in which a) the country of origin and destination were identical or b) the country of origin was a Third Country** but the destination country was not Germany.
* Associated Countries: Switzerland, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Croatia, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Republic of Moldova
** Third Countries are countries which are neither EU Member States nor Associated Countries.
Dissemination and Selection Process
The Gerda Henkel Foundation launched two calls for proposals, in 2011 and in 2012, which both have met a great response from the scientific community in Germany, Europe and worldwide. The period of the about 90 granted and ongoing fellowships extends until the summer of 2015.
Following the application phase, all approximately 400 eligible applications were evaluated by a newly-established international advisory committee which consist out of the following members:
Prof. Dr. Claudia Antonetti | Venice
Prof. Dr. Andreas Beyer | Paris
Prof. Dr. Philippe Bordes | Lyon
Prof. Dr. Leonid I. Borodkin | Moscow
Prof. Dr. Jane Caplan | Oxford
Prof. Dr. Anja Pistor-Hatam | Kiel
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schlögl | Konstanz
Prof. Dr. Willibald Steinmetz | Bielefeld
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger | Münster
Prof. Dr. Bo Stråth | Helsinki
Prof. Dr. Wyger R. E. Velema | Amsterdam
Prof. Dr. Martin Zimmermann | Munich
The final decision on all applications has been made by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, based on the recommendations of the Committee.
Geographic and thematic variety
In 2011 the Foundation received applications from over 40 countries. The mobility programme which is co-funded by the European Commission attracted many researchers from the European Community but also from other regions such as Southeast Asia, Northern Africa, the Middle East or Latin America.The majority of applicants seeks for scientific exchange within the EU. More than half of all applicants came from the EU Member States and wanted to conduct research in another European country. The most popular destination was Germany. Moreover, applicants confirmed the trend towards well known research locations in Great Britain and the United States, which ranked second and third as destination countries. Concerning the fields of study, most researchers applied for projects in the fields of Modern History, Islamic Studies and with interdisciplinary approaches.
In 2012 the Foundation received applications from over 30 countries. Once more, the mobility programme attracted many researchers from the European Community, the United States and other regions of the world. The trend towards scientific exchange within the EU member states was confirmed in the second round. More than 80% of all applicants came from a member state of the European Union and around 80% of all destinations are EU member states as well. Nearly two thirds applied for an inner-European exchange. The most popular destination in Europe was Germany. France and the United Kingdom ranked second and third as destination countries. Concerning the fields of study, most researchers applied for projects in the fields of Modern History or with interdisciplinary approaches. Ancient History and Archaeology ranked third and fourth.
Origin countries like Albania, Estonia, Columbia, Argentina, Israel, China, Iran or New Zealand and destination countries like Turkey, Jamaica, Brasil or Lebanon in the granted fellowships are an evidence for the successful effort to establish an international research programme which improves scientific exchange.