Does the Foundation provide funding for master students?
No, the Foundation does not provide support for studies under PhD level.
Can I apply for a research project also if I have not received my PhD yet?
No. Applications for research projects can be made by universities, other research institutes or comparable institutions as well as by one or several Postdocs or scholars with Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification. It is necessary to provide a (preliminary) PhD certificate.
Can I apply with one and the same research project for support from several of the Foundation’s programmes?
A simultaneous application with different research projects is in principle possible as long as no scholarship is earmarked for the applicant him/herself.
What is the difference between a research project and a research scholarship?
Applications for research projects can be made by universities, other research institutes or comparable institutions as well as by one or several Postdocs or scholars with Post-Doctoral Lecture Qualification. By contrast, a research scholarship should be applied for by one scholar alone for a project that he conducts himself. 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.
Can I apply if my project belongs to another field than the academic disciplines cited on the website?
No. But please have a look at the thematic requirements of the special programmes “Security, Society, and the State“ as well as the funding programmes “Democracy“ and "Lost Cities".
What shall I do if I’m not sure whether my subject is eligible for funding from the Foundation?
Please send us a short project summary by email (email@example.com). We will be in touch within a few days to let you know whether you can apply.
Are foreign academics allowed to apply for funding programmes?
The funding activities concentrate basically on German and foreign academics in the fields of historical humanities. Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work.
Should application documents and references be submitted in English or German?
The Foundation accepts both, although German is preferred where possible.
Should application documents and references be submitted in English or German?
For the special programme Security, Society, and the State, proposals will only be accepted in English language.
Are there formal requirements on how the application documents should be compiled?
The project description should not be longer than 8 pages. Documents should have at least font size 11 and line spacing 1.5. Please read carefully all instructions in the section general references.
Are there any substantial requirements for the structure or form of the description of the research project?
No, there are no substantive requirements. Applicants for a research scholarship should make sure that in addition to the content presentation, information on the method, the state of research, the sources and research relevance are included in the description, especially if the transcript of the study is in the foreground.
Should the proposal include a detailed list of publications or is it enough to note the cited references in footnotes? Is an additional list of publications with for the project relevant references necessary?
It is sufficient to note the references of the proposal in footnotes. A list of publications with for the project relevant references can but must not be submitted.
What should my working plan and schedule include?
They should include detailed information about the work stages planned for the period of funding, including research trips and their planned duration.
Can I apply for financing for my own post instead of a research grant?
No. The Foundation is not providing funding for posts at research institutions.
Can project staff be funded via posts?
No. Project staff can only be financed by doctoral or research grants. A fundamental precondition for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name.
Do I have to include the scholarships for the staff members in the cost calculation of the research project or do they have to apply separately for a PhD or research scholarship?
Please budget the scholarships as part of the research project funding. The staff members do not have to apply separately for a PhD or research scholarship.
What do you require for travel and material expenses claims?
We require a list of costs with each individual expense in as much detail as possible. Please have a look at the information provided under http://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/calculation_travel-material-expenses.
Does the Foundation pay for childcare during the period for which a stipend is awarded?
Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects receive a family grant on presentation of the child’s/children’s birth certificate(s). The grant is paid for children who have not yet turned 18.
What is the Foundation’s policy is a stipend holder becomes a parent during the period for which a stipend is awarded?
The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office.
Can anyone request funding for printing?
Publishing aid can only be claimed for projects which are already receiving funding from the Gerda Henkel Foundation. However, not all projects will be awarded funding for printing as the current budget for publishing aid is extremely limited.
Does the Foundation sponsor individual journeys to participate in scientific conferences?
At present travel expenses are only paid for larger research projects or PhD and research scholarships. Funding applications for independent trips to participate in conferences/congresses are in principle not considered.
Can I change anything in my electronic application form after having sent it to the Foundation?
No, that is not possible. Please inform us about any differing information when sending us your application documents or fill out a new application form and let us know you have sent a new form in a short note or email.
If my confirmation of receipt includes a request for missing documents, will I be sent another confirmation once these missing documents have been submitted?
No, you are responsible for making sure that all the necessary documents and references are properly submitted. Due to the number of applications we receive, we regret that we are not in a position to send further confirmations after the initial confirmation of receipt.
What happens to my submission if it is incomplete?
Incomplete submissions will not be considered and will be put back to the next selection round. Incomplete applications for PhD scholarships will not be considered any more after the expiration of one year.
Does the Foundation provide reasons for refusing applications?
The Academic Committee’s deliberations are confidential so the Foundation does not provide detailed reasons for refusals.
Can I continue to work during the time of my scholarship?
No, the simultaneous receipt of salary and a scholarship is not possible.
Can I continue to draw a retirement pension during the time of my scholarship?
No, the simultaneous receipt of a retirement pension and a scholarship is not possible.
In which case can I apply for an overseas bonus?
Should a beneficiary leave the country of her/his principal residence and spend more than four weeks abroad for research purposes, the Foundation shall grant a flat-rate overseas bonus. This should be seen as an extension to the scholarship, intended to cover the extra costs of food and accommodation. The Foundation shall not cover any accommodation costs for that period if an overseas bonus has been granted.
Can I apply for funding of college or tuition fees?
No, the Foundation does not cover college or tuition fees.
If I am given a doctoral grant, do I have to start my doctorate immediately?
Doctorates must be started within twelve months of the grant being agreed.
Who can write letters of recommendation?
Applicants are free to choose a relevant expert. The Foundation does not make recommendations in this regard.
What should be included in letters of recommendation or references and what form should they take?
The Foundation has no specific requirements as far as references are concerned. Referees generally provide an assessment of the quality of the project and the applicant’s qualifications.
In what form should expert assessments be submitted?
Expert reports must be sent to the Foundation by their authors with a personal signature. Transmission via email (as scan with signature) or fax is possible.
Can authors send their expert assessments to the Foundation via email?
Expert assessments can be submitted via email (as scan) or fax. They must in all cases be signed by the author.
Should letters of recommendation be submitted in English or German?
The Foundation accepts both, although German is preferred where possible.
Does the second letter of recommendation for an application for a phd scholarship have to be compiled by the person who later acts as second examiner for the Ph.D. thesis?
Can I apply for a doctorate grant if I have finished my undergraduate degree but not officially graduated?
No, to make sure all applicants are treated equally, we do require a written confirmation of your degree results. The Foundation will however accept provisional attestation from the university showing individual grades and the overall grade.
Can I submit an application for doctoral funding if I have not yet been formally registered by the university or not yet had my place confirmed?
Which documents do I have to submit for funding if I have already started my doctorate?
Please submit the same documents as for a standard doctorate grant.
Can I apply for funding for the completion of my doctorate ("final scholarship")?
No, the Foundation will not grant scholarships for the final completion of Ph.D. projects. A final scholarship is either a grant that succeeds another grant exceeding 12 months and bestowed by a different party and/or the application for a scholarship not exceeding 12 months.
Can all applications for doctoral funding include an application for travel or material expenses?
Yes, as long as the foreseen expenses are directly linked to the doctorate.
Which certifications should be submitted when I am applying for a PhD scholarship?
Please send in certificate(s) of the university degree qualifying for PhD studies (or seminar attendance certificates for direct doctorates). Please send us copies, references do not have to be attested. Please do not send certificates of High School Leaving, Bachelor certificates, internships, seminar grades (only necessary for direct doctorates) and employment references.
Can I apply with a 1.5 grade or does the grade have to be better than 1.5?
For an application to be considered in the selection process the overall master grade awarded must be at least 1.5 or above in Germany (comparable with grade A in other countries).
We will check any applications with degrees obtained outside Germany before deciding whether to put them through into the next stage.
What does the Foundation mean by its age limit of 28?
The age limit refers to obtaining a degree. If you were 25 when you obtained your master degree, you could apply for doctoral funding at the age of 35, for example. Exceptions will be made to take the following situations into account: night school, bringing up children, military or civil service, work experience and other exceptional circumstances. If there are no extenuating circumstances, applications from those older than 28 cannot be accepted.
Are there any interviews? Can I present my subject to the Foundation in person?
No, decisions are based solely on the application submitted.
Can I ask when the Foundation’s quarterly committee meetings are held?
No, the Foundation does not provide any information about when the committees meet to assess applications. Once all necessary documents have been submitted (incl. reference), you should expect to wait approximately six months for our decision.
Can I reapply if my application has already been refused?
Yes, a second application is possible. However, all the documents must be submitted again.
Can I apply for a research scholarship when I have not yet finished my PhD?
No. Applications for research scholarships can only be made by Postdocs or scholars with Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification.
Do the criteria also apply to the special programme "Security, Society and the State" and the two funding programmes "Democracy" and "Lost Cities"?
No, the criteria only apply to applications for a general research scholarship.
Do the criteria also apply to applications for short-term research scholarships (max. €25,000)?
Yes, the criteria also apply to applications for short-term research scholarships.
Does the rule that candidates must have received their doctorate no longer than ten years ago also apply to academics with a German ‘habilitation’ qualification or equivalent qualification (Associate Professor, Full Professor, Distinguished Professor, Senior Lecturer or Reader/Professor)?
No, this rule does not apply to academics with a postdoctoral lecturing qualification or an equivalent qualification.
What is the definition for "Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification"?
As equivalent to the German Habilitation the Foundation accepts positions as „Associate Professor“ or „Full Professor“ / „Distinguished Professor“ (according to the North American university system) and „Senior Lecturer“ or „Reader“/„Professor“ (according to the Commonwealth university system), respectively.
Must my dissertation be published even though I obtained my PhD abroad?
Yes, for PhDs obtained abroad the dissertation must also have been published prior to application.
Which forms of publication are accepted?
The dissertation should be published as an electronic or printed monograph and be freely accessible. Essays published on the dissertation, printed specimen copies or the submission of a publishing contract will not be accepted.
I have already received a doctoral scholarship from the Foundation and would now like to apply for a research grant. Does the same waiting period of five years also apply to me?
You are welcome to apply for a research scholarship at any time. The waiting period of five years only applies to previous funding through a research scholarship.
I have received only a research scholarship fo a few months in the area of “smaller grants”. Does the same time span of five years also apply to me?
Yes, you can only apply for another research scholarship after a period of five years. The relevant date for calculating the timeframe is the date on the final report.
I have withdrawn my application for a research scholarship. Does the time span of three resp. five years also apply to me?
No, the time spam does not apply to you. A reapplication for a research scholarship is possible at any time.
I submitted the application for a supported research project, but have not received a research scholarship myself. Does the same waiting period of five years apply to me?
Providing you have not received a research scholarship, you are welcome to apply at any time.
Can I apply for a research scholarship although an application for a research project was rejected which I was to work on?
Yes, if you were only meant to work on the project and were not listed as the applicant. The criterion for previously rejected applicants applies only to previous own applications for a research scholarship.
An application I made for a research project was rejected. Can I still apply for a research scholarship?
Yes, you may still apply for a research scholarship, if you had not requested a research scholarship for yourself within the rejected research project.
An application I made for a research scholarship for only a few months in the area of “smaller grants” was rejected. Must I still observe the waiting period of three years?
Yes, you must wait three years before submitting an application for a regular research scholarship. The relevant date for calculating the timeframe is the date on the rejection letter.
Is the resubmission of my application for a smaller funding amount (max. EUR 25,000) possible, although my application was rejected in the general research grants category?
No, a resubmission of the application for a smaller funding amount (max. EUR 25,000) is not possible, if the same research project was rejected in the general research grants category.
What should I do once I have received the letter of approval?
Please let us know by postmail whether you accept the grant and the terms of appropriation. If you do accept, please also supply your current bank details and include when you wish payments to start. Please note that all credit transfers and standing orders are being switched over to the pan-European SEPA system. Instead of a bank sort code and account number, the Foundation requires the IBAN and BIC details. You will find the corresponding information on your account statement and possibly on your bank card.
What are my obligations if I accept the funding?
You must inform the Foundation of any changes which have a bearing on the payment of the grant or the amount paid. Teaching positions and other employment must be agreed with the Foundation if they exceed an average of 5 hours a week.
Can I work during the grant period?
Yes, as long as the employment does not exceed an average of five hours a week.
How should references be made to the Foundation in my work?
We ask that the Foundation be mentioned in any publications that arise from the funded project. The Foundation should also be included in the imprint of any publications for which publishing aid was supplied. For other media, such as conference posters or flyers, please use the logo available on our website. Please also mention the Foundation at events and in any contact with journalists (e.g. via your university’s press office), including in any press releases.
Can the grant or parts thereof be used for other purposes?
No. The grant is only to be used for the purposes detailed in the letter of approval.
Can grants be transferred to overseas accounts?
Yes. Please supply your SWIFT/BIC code and IBAN. We would however prefer to make transfers to a German account.
Do I have to take out insurance if I am awarded a grant or does the Foundation cover those costs?
As grant recipients are not technically employed by the Foundation, national insurance contributions are not paid. The Foundation recommends that all grant recipients take out medical insurance. No additional funding is available for these costs.
How do I write an invoice?
Invoices for travel and material costs must take the form of a detailed list of expenses with brief explanations and numbered receipts attached.
What kind of information about my bank account do I have to submit?
Please note that all credit transfers and standing orders are being switched over to the pan-European SEPA system. Instead of a bank sort code and account number, the Foundation requires the IBAN and BIC details. You will find the corresponding information on your account statement and possibly on your bank card. Please send us these details or submit them with your next invoice.
Do original receipts have to be sent?
Generally yes. Should third parties need the originals for billing purposes (e.g. university offices), please submit copies and ensure that the originals are held for at least ten years in case they need to be checked.
Will my family’s costs be reimbursed for research trips?
No. These must be covered by the grant recipient.
Can foreign scholars also apply for funding?
Yes. Applications can be made independently of the applicant’s nationality and the location of his/her workplace. Within the Patrimonies funding initiative, partners from the countries in question must either be the applicants or closely involved in the research work as cooperation partners.
What do I do if I am unsure whether my topic falls within the Foundation’s funding area?
Regarding the Patrimonies funding initiative you must in any case first contact the Foundation.
Are there any content-related requirements for structuring/organising the exposé?
No, there are no content-related requirements. Please consult the document “Applications in the ‘Patrimonies’ Funding Initiative”, which you will receive after contacting the Foundation.
How do I apply for funding for travel and equipment/materials?
In the form of a cost breakdown that is as precise as possible, and listing all the individual items. Items should be grouped into type of cost. For applications in the Patrimonies funding initiative the overall costs at least must be stated in Euro. Please consult the document “Template_Patrimonies_Cost Plan”, which you will receive after contacting the Foundation.
Can I apply to have my own position financed?
According to a resolution by the Foundation committees, the Foundation shall not provide funds for the financing of positions at research facilities. Within the Patrimonies funding initiative staff funds for posts in the countries in question may be applied for in justified individual cases.
Can project staff be financed via positions?
According to a resolution by the Foundation committees, for project staff solely PhD or research scholarships may be applied for. One requirement for funding is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their own name. Within the Patrimonies funding initiative staff funds for posts in the countries in question may be applied for in justified individual cases.
Can I receive a scholarship and hold a post at the same time?
It is in principle not possible to receive both a scholarship and a salary. Within the Patrimonies funding initiative it is possible in justified individual cases and on a small scale for staff in the countries in question to receive both a scholarship and a salary.
Can I receive a scholarship and draw an old-age pension at the same time?
It is in principle not possible to both receive a scholarship and draw a pension. Within the Patrimonies funding initiative it is possible in justified individual cases and on a small scale for staff in the countries in question to both receive a scholarship and draw a pension.