Lisa Maskell Fellowships

Background Lisa Maskell Fellowships

To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder, in 2014 the Gerda Henkel Foundation launched the Lisa Maskell Fellowships to support young humanities researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. This represents the single largest international funding initiative for PhD students in the Foundation’s history and each year provides financial stipends for full-time PhD students for African humanities researchers at the following educational institutions: Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Stellenbosch (South Africa), Graduate School of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Makerere University, Kampala (Uganda), and the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Ghana, Accra. Moreover, individual fellowships are awarded to Southeast Asian PhD students from Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The programme also includes accompanying workshops and infrastructure development. Since 2019, the Lisa Maskell Fellowships have also provided support for young African researchers who have recently completed a PhD and are based at the Pilot African Postgraduate Academy in Bamako (Mali), which the Foundation supports.

Subsahara Africa

Partners of the institution for the coordination of the programme in Africa are mainly the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, as well as the Graduate School of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Doctoral candidates are granted a triennial PhD scholarship grant at one of these Graduate Schools. The programme is geared above all to the subjects Archaeology, History, Historical Islamic Studies, Art History, History of Law, Prehistory and Early History, and History of Science. Moreover, topics from special programmes offered by the foundation will be considered. Candidates from all Sub-Saharan states are eligible to apply.

Partner Network PANGeA

Responding to the challenge of the brain drain from Africa and to reverse the decline of science and scholarship in African higher education – particularly in the area of arts, humanities and social sciences – the Partnership for Africa’s Next Generation of Academics (PANGeA) was established in 2010. PANGeA is a collaborative network of leading African universities developing research capacity and confidence in bringing Africa’s expertise to Africa’s challenges by building and sustaining world- class doctoral programmes on and about the African continent. The network currently consists of the following partners: University of Botswana; University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); University of Ghana; University of Malawi; Makerere University (Uganda); University of Nairobi (Kenya); University of Yaounde I (Cameroon) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). PANGeA is therefore enriched through developing an active footprint on which to draw intellectual diversity in terms of linguistic, cultural and national backgrounds.

Further and more detailed information are available at the PANGeA website.

Application Graduate School Stellenbosch

Applications for Lisa Maskell Fellowships at Stellenbosch should be submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch.

Dr. Cindy Lee Steenekamp
Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences

Further and more detailed information are available at the homepage of the Graduate School.

Application Graduate School Kampala

Applications for Lisa Maskell Fellowships at Kampala should be submitted to the Graduate School of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Makerere University.

Dr. Edgar Nabutanyi  
Programme Coordinator
Graduate School of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Further and more detailed information is available on the homepage of the Graduate School.

Application College of Humanities Accra

Applications for Lisa Maskell Fellowships in Accra should be submitted to the College of Humanities at the University of Ghana.

Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah
Pro Vost
College of Humanities

Further and more detailed information is available on the homepage of the College of Humanities.

Lisa Maskell Fellows Sub Sahara Africa

In the years 2014 to 2019 the following PhD projects have been approved:

Abiyo, Tesfatsion (Ethiopia)
Ethnic Identity, inter-ethnic interaction and national identity among Ethiopian University Students

Aflakpui, Belinda Ama (Ghana)
Traditional Headdress as Resource For Character Identity: A Historical And Comparative Study Of Some Selected Ethnic Groups In Ghana

Ajiko, Rosalyn Abelle (Uganda)
Unraveling the Politics of Oil Governance in Uganda since 2006: A Historical Political Economy Study of Oil Regimes, Sovereignty and National Development

Akampurira, Patience (Uganda)
Historicizing the Politics of Restoration or No Restoration in Kingdoms in Uganda 1967- 2010

Amimo, Maureen (Kenya)
Politics of Space and Gender in Contemporary Travel Literature by Black Africans in the 21st Century

Antiwiwaa, Stella (Ghana)
Depiction of Women in Selected Works of Euripides and some Ghanian Playwrights

Arinaitwe, Perpetau (Uganda)
Kiswahili at Cross Roads: Cultural Politics and Language Policy in Uganda

Asante, Michael (Ghana)
Community, Individual, and Equality in Platonic and African Philosophical Thought

Asiimire, Priscilla (Uganda)
Historicising Informal Education and Integenerational Literacy in Bugiri, Uganda

Aturinde, T Emmanuel (Uganda)
Towards a Regendered Military: A Historico-Sociological Analysis of Anti-terror Peace Operations in Somalia

Bekele, Helina (Ethiopia)
The Synergy of Good Governance in Agriculture Policy for Women Empowerment: Case study Afar, Borena and Somali, Ethiopia

Cheromoi, Clare (Uganda)
Corruption in the Post-Independent Uganda: A Historical Perspective

Chikowore, Trevor (Zimbabwe)
Urban ecology and urban planning in the developing world: An analysis of the ecological, social, political and economic nexus in South African metropolises post-1994

Chitsinde, Cecilia (Zimbabwe)
The Relationship Between Rhodesia's White Wettlers and Britain, 1939 - 1980

David, T Stephen (Nigeria)
Biafra as Third Space: Exploring the Dynamics of Dominance in Biafra/Nigeria War Literature

Doro, Elijah (Zimbabwe)
Tobacco Production and Environmental Policy in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1903-1980

Dewoo, Nerisha Yanee (Mauritius)
Une histoire d’esclavage et rien : Un cas oublié ou refoulé des Créoles dans le roman contemporain mauricien d’expression française et anglaise?

Fedeo, Ignas (Tanzania)
Unwritten stories of Mwalimu Nyerere and the Kagera war as represented in Banyakyusa Oral Literature

Foday-Musa, Teddy (Sierra Leone)
Transforming Conflict to Peace Agreement: Mediation and the Creation of Durable Peace in Armed Conflict

Gokah, Benedikta (Ghana)
Sustaining Ghana’s Vanishing Heritage Sites: The Case of Fort Prinzenstein in Keta, Volta Region

Ibaka, Sangu (DR Congo)
Kinshasa as capital city: Tradition and modernity

Isah, Ishaq Ishaq (Nigeria)
Reconceptualizing Archaeological Heritage Management Practice in Nigeria

Kabwe, Kabaso (Zambia)
Health policy implementation in Zambia; An evaluation of mobile clinics as a lever for improving health service delivery

Kanamwangi, Deogratius (Uganda)
Catholic but not Catholic: Historicising Conflict in the Ugandan Catholic Church 1953-2016

Kangalawe, Hezron (Tanzania)
Plantation agriculture and the environment: A historical perspective with reference to the Mufindi District, 1930s to the present

Kasembeli, Serah (Kenya)
Literary representations of indentured labour and slavery in the east and South Africa during colonisation

Katusiime, Elizabeth (Uganda)
Impact of Shrinking Space for Non-Governmental Actors’ Delivery of Peace and Security Services in Uganda

Kauma, Bryan (Zimbabwe)
“Selling the colony”: Propaganda and the making of Southern Rhodesia society, 1890-1979

Kentaro, Grace Maria (Uganda)
The Legacy of Muhamuza of Nyabingi Movement, Kigezi-Uganda: Examining the Feminine Identity in Anti-Colonial Struggles

Komba, Yustina (Tanzania)
The Impact of Coffee Production on Land Use and Local Ecology in Mbinga District, Tanzania, from the 1950s to 2000

Komu, Philbert Joseph (Tanzania)
The Legitimacy of Moral Authorities Responsible for Enhancing Good Governance: Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives

Kwanya, Joseph Michael (Kenya)
History, Mythology and Science Fiction: Intersections and Manifestations in Selected Post-Colonial African Women's Writings

Laizer, Neema (Tanzania)
Nomadic cultures of East Africa: A representation of gender roles and its imposed violence among the Maasai

Lincoln Nutsugah, Abraham (Ghana)
“The Concept Of Distributive Justice In Plato’s Republic And Its Imports For Ghana”

Longba'am-alli, Gloria (Nigeria)
History of Conflict Management: State, Society Responses to Insecurity in Nigeria's Middle-Belt since 1979

Lugwiri, Patrick L Okombo (Kenya)
Examining Kiswahili as a tool for East African Integration: Historical Perspectives and Sociolinguistic Implications

Mahajubul, Abudul (Uganda)
Uganda: an appreciative history of the Nubian minority (1894-1995)

Makaato, Muhamadi (Uganda)
Human rights campaign and family conflicts among the Buganda.

Makone, Albert (Zimbabwe)
An investigation into the political economy of global universal health access in both Low and Middle Income Countries: the case of the World Health Organisation

Manyani, Charmaine (Zimbabwe)
Unravelling the paradoxes of the semi arid Karoo Region

Maphosa, Lloyd Melusi (Zimbabwe)
The Origins of Regional and Horizontal Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Zimbabwe

Medjo Medjo, Michel (Cameroon)
Des places marchandes à la création des villes-frontières au Sud-Cameroun: enjeux et défis d’une dynamique socioéconomique durable (1963- 2008)

Moussi, Corinne (Cameroon)
Women and Conflict: Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the Law

Mpofu, Sibongile (Zimbabwe)
Women, politics and the media: Online media (re)engaging female participation in Zimbabwean politics

Musa, Sallek (Nigeria)
Military internal security operation: Creating security or insecurity for society? The case of Plateau State, North Central Nigeria

Musamba, William (Uganda)
A Contested History in Uganda: The Case Study of Busoga Kingdom; 1900-2015

Mutaru, Saibu (Ghana)
The paradox of the proliferation of gender-directed violence, women empowerment and gender equality in the context of witchcraft accusations in the Northern region of Ghana

Mwiine, Amon (Uganda)
Men in Parliament: Interrogating the Influence of Masculinities in the Legislative Processes in Uganda

Nakabo, R Seruga (Uganda)
A critical examination of gender sensitive, culturally informed followership and Leadership in Uganda

Nakaiza, Jacqueline (Uganda)
Historical Promoters of Fundamentalist Islam, Ethnicity, the State and Foreign Influence as Causes of Terrorist Insurgency: A Case Study of Al-Shabab in the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa

Namuddu, May (Uganda)
The Writing Dilemma: Tracing the English Writing Competence among learners in Uganda

Namukasa, Jacqueline (Uganda)
Colonialism, Globalisation and their Ramnifications on Inter-State Relations: Lessons from Migingo Island 1926-2009

Nangira, Betty (Uganda)
Maternal Health access and Rural livelihood in Uganda: a study on the implementation of Health reforms in Public Health facilities of Uganda

Ndomba, Herbert (Tanzania)
Tobacco farming among the Ngoni and Ndendeule people of Southern Tanzania: A historical perspective of ecological change, 1930s to the present

Ngohengo, Jumanne Kassim (Tanzania)
Historical Transformations  of Land Ownership: Gender Inequality and the Rural Household Poverty in Africa

Ngonela, Samuel (Kenya)
Social Interventions and Peace Building in Urban Displacement: Relevance and Prospects - Nairobi, Kenya

Nii Adotei Baddoo, Emmanuel (Ghana)
A Social and Economic History Of Industrial Development In Ghana

Nsengiyumva, Dominique Savio (Burundi)
Investigating the History of Language Education and Its Effect on Contemporary Language Classroom Practices, Adversities and Innovative Strategies in Burundi

Ntsama Onana, Serge Sabine (Cameroon)
Developing a Common Market for Regional Migrants in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC): The Case of Douala in Cameroon

Nuwamanya, Alfred (Uganda)
‘Partitioned Ethnicities and Un-broken Practices of the Batuku along the Uganda-D. R. Congo border’

Nyanjom, Zakaria (Kenya)
Fiction as Historical Evidence: Mau Mau War Atrocities in Selected Prose Fiction

Ochoti, Fred (Kenya)
Constructions and Representations of Kenyan Politicians in Kenya’s Print Media: Raila Odinga in the Nation and Standard newspapers

Ojiambo, Jacqueline (Kenya)
Film and the Nation: Kenyan Women Films as an Allegory of Contemporary Kenya

Ojo, Joseph (Nigeria)
Religion, Politics and The Development Of Democracy In The Nigerian Fourth Republic: 1999 – 2019

Okeny, Kinyera (Uganda)
Long-Term Human-Environment Interaction: Understanding the Palabek Cultural Landscapes in the Last 2000 Years

Okonkwo, Oge Samuel (Nigeria)
Nationalism and Statehood in Africa: The Nigerian perspective, 1945-1960

Olatunde, Taiwo (Nigeria)
Deportation In The British Empire In Nigeria, 1914-2017

Oppong-Boateng, Juliet (Ghana)
The Basel Mission Society (BMS) in Retrospect: Health and Sanitation in Pre and Colonial Ghana

Osei-Kojo, Alex (Ghana)
Rethinking the politics of social protection and inequality in Ghana: challenging the primacy of political settlements

Osike, Samuel Omondi (Kenya)
Determinants of Youth Participation in Socioeconomic Development in Homabay County, Kenya: A Historical Analysis

Sarfo, Elizabeth Anokyewaa (Ghana)
Married too soon: Exploration of cultural underpinnings and psychological well-being following child marriage in Ghana

Segueda, Wendpanga Eric (Burkina Faso)
History, identity and reality and their significance for African Development

Sekito, Zaid (Uganda)
Beyond Islamic Fundamentalism: A History of Terrorism in Uganda 1976-2015

Shehu, Abdullahi Hamisu (Nigeria)
Performing Religion in Northern Nigeria: A Study of Religious Processions in Kano, 1958-2016

Ssemulende, Robert (Uganda)
The Sangoan Techno-Complex: Is It Achaeulean or Middle Stone Age at Sango Bay?

Takuva, Tinashe (Zimbabwe)
Building Resilience to Natural Disaster Prone Areas of Zimbabwean Rural Communities. A Case of Droughts in Mwenezi District 1950-2018

Togolo, Jean Pierre (Cameroon)
Yaoundé : The capital city of Cameroon in its national fabric

Tukur, Mobarak (Nigeria)
A Comparative History of Muslim Women Scholars in Northern Nigeria 1978-2015


Examples of Funding

We are publishing interviews with Lisa Maskell Fellows from Subsaharan Africa and from Southeast Asia in a L.I.S.A. dossier, in which they will talk about their research projects as well as their experiences during their academic career and the Lisa Maskell fellowship.

L.I.S.A.Dossier Lisa Maskell Fellowships

Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA)

Since 2019 the Gerda Henkel Foundation has been supporting the postgraduate academy at the “Point Sud” centre in Bamako, Mali (Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA)).

The academy is intended to strengthen basic research in the humanities and social sciences in Africa and represent it in a self-confident manner vis-à-vis other research environments. In so doing, the academy counters the prevailing trend to neglect genuine historical research in favour of an education focussing on applied/direct political and economic benefit. The academy’s goal is therefore to place a greater focus on Africa’s important role in the further development of the humanities and social sciences in consideration of its special historical circumstances and the epistemological questions posed by knowledge production in Africa.

The academy addresses up-and-coming African researchers from Francophone countries who have recently obtained their PhD. The programme envisages two workshops per year for fifteen aspiring researchers and for four established scholars. In addition to a mentoring programme at the participants’ home universities it is above all networking among the various scholars both within Africa and in the African diaspora that constitutes an important aim of the Pilot African Postgraduate Academy.

Application Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA)

Applications for the post-doc stipends at the Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA) in Bamako should be submitted to:

Dr. Stefan Schmid
University of Frankfurt

Further and more detailed information is available on the homepage of the Point Sud institute.

PAPA Fellows

Since 2020 the following research projects have been approved:

Amougou, Gerard (Cameroon)
Enterprising Youth and experiences of Subjectivization: The Case of the Youth from Modest Families

Béché, Emmanuel (Cameroon)
The Young and the Social Networks in Cameroon: Discourse, Usages, Sociablities and Identity Constructions

Binate, Issouf (Ivory Coast)
“Walking to Knowledge”: West African Students in Modern Turkey

Bisoka, Aymar Nyenyezi (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Peripheral Rebels and Rural Materialism: Rethinking the Armed Peasantry and the Politics in the East of RDC

Essoh, Nome Rose De Lima (Ivory Coast)
Pentecostal Movement in Odzukru Country: Offers and Reconfiguration of the Religious Space in the South of Ivory Coast

Fofana, Habibou (Burkina Faso)
Social Litigations, Judicial Pluralism and Instances of Recourse, Mediations and Accompaniment of Promotion of Human Rights in Burkina Faso 

Imorou, Abdoulaye (Ghana)
Globalization of the Francophone African Literature and Writings of Violence 

Kadio, Kadidiatou (Burkina Faso)
Social cohesion-social protection in Burkina Faso

Kamano, Sékou (Guinea)
Urban Research in the Republic of Guinea, Mediation of an Unrecognized Scientific Production

Karambiri, Sheila Médina (Burkina Faso)
Land tenure’s conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa: challenges

Matri, Khaoula (Tunesia)
Perceptions of Gendered Violence and the Normative Framework of Production of the Relations between Men and Women: A Comparative Study between Tunisia and Senegal 

Mbiah, Anny Flore Tchouta (Cameroon)
The Non-Conformism of Millennials in African Organizations: Apprehending their Social Contagion in relation to Organizational Anomy 

Savane, Lamine (Mali)
Armed Rebellions, “Terrorisms”, Local Conflicts and Reasonings of Violence in the North and Centre of Mali 

Soré, Zakaria (Burkina Faso)
Community resistance to the spread of terrorism in the province of Bam (north-central of Burkina Faso)

Tangara, Mahamadou Bassirou (Mali)
Armed Conflicts in the Sahel, Economic Development and the Social Well-Being in Mali 

Southeast Asia

For Southeast, Asia the Foundation provides individual PhD fellowships for candidates from partner Universities in Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, East Timor, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The objective is to allure excellent young scientists to spent at least twelve months of their doctorate at a German university and to develop strong academic partnerships between the different countries of origin and Germany.


Applications follow particular selection processes by the partner institutions of the foundation.

Partner institutions are:

  • Universitas Indonesia (Indonesia)
  • Royal University of Phnom Phen (Cambodia)
  • National University of Laos (Laos)
  • University of Malaya (Malaysia)
  • University of Yangon (Myanmar)
  • University of Mandalay (Myanmar)
  • National University of East Timor (East Timor)
  • University of the Philippines (Philippines)
  • Chiang Mai University (Thailand)
  • Vietnam National University, Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

The Foundation will assist possible candidates in facilitating contact with the responsible partner institution.

Lisa Maskell Fellows Southeast Asia

In the years 2014 and 2019 PhD projects have been approved as follows:

Aiem-Ueayut, Sorayut (Thailand)
Visual and media politics: Malaysian Tamils and Technology in the Islamic state

Ardhianto, Imam (Indonesia)
Being Religious at the Margin of States Formation: Local Religious Practices, Global Evangelism, and Modern State among Kayan-Kenyah at Upland Central Borneo

Astari, Amalia (Indonesia)
Women, Media and Polygamy: The discourse of polygamy in Women’s Press in the Dutch East Indies (1915-1945) and Post-colonial Indonesia (1945-1968)

Bachrioktora, Yudi (Indonesia)
Fuelling the World with Alternatives: Development of Agro-Fuel and Palm Oil Industries in Indonesia

Chatuthai, Nantawat (Thailand)
Ideas of Everyday Resistance in Thailand: Intellectuals and New Social Movements Without Guarantees

Fuentes Belcena, Riczar (Philippines)
Island Adaptation and Maritime Interaction in Changing Environments from the Terminal Pleistocene to the Early Holocene: A Comparative Study of Prehistoric Technology in Northeastern Indonesia and the Philippines

Khim, Chamroeun (Cambodia)
3D Image Processing, Analysis, and Software Development of Khmer Inscriptions

Kintanar, Andrea Natasha E. (Philippines)
Natural and cultural heritage consciousness through public archeology and sustainable practices

Lising, Caroline Marie Q. (Philippines)
Developing a System for Cultural Heritage Management Applications for Prehistoric Sites and Materials of Cagayan Valley, Luzon Island, Philippines

Moussa, Moctar (Malaysia)
Transactions of Gold According to Imams Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Quayim al-Jawziyyah: An Analysis Study on COMEX New York Gold Futures Contracts

Nguyen, Bao Trang (Vietnam)
Prostitution in Saigon (1955-1975): Towards a New Look into the Legacies of the Vietnam War

Pong, Pheakday Boramy (Cambodia)
The Thai-Cambodian Conflict over the World Heritage Site of Preah Vihear: A Study of Conflicting Nationalist Discourses

Riyanto, Geger (Indonesia)
From Potent Foreigner to Stranger Sister: Performing and Transforming the Upland-Lowland Oppositional Relationship in North Seram, Maluku

Saiyarod, Panitda (Thailand)
The Clash of Connectedness: Local Responses to China’s Transnational Infrastructure Projects in a Border Town, Thailand     

Trang, Tran Le Minh (Vietnam)
The ASEAN - US Relationship: History of Development and Implications for Vietnam

Tran, Quy Thi Kim (Vietnam)
Defining the transition from Hunting and Gathering to Agriculture and Animal Management in Southern Vietnam: Evidence from Faunal remains


Examples of Funding

We are publishing interviews with Lisa Maskell Fellows from Subsaharan Africa and from Southeast Asia in a L.I.S.A. dossier, in which they will talk about their research projects as well as their experiences during their academic career and the Lisa Maskell fellowship.

L.I.S.A.Dossier Lisa Maskell Fellowships

Important note on submitting applications

Applications are not to be sent to the Gerda Henkel Foundation, but directly to the corresponding institutions. Please contact the administrative office if you have any questions.

Contact Persons Lisa Maskell Fellowships

Dr Anna-Monika Lauter
Head of Operative Programmes

Jens Christian Schneider, M.A.
Programme Manager Lisa Maskell Fellowships / IT-Management /
Accompanying Social Measures

Jana Frey, M.A.
Project Assistant Lisa Maskell Fellowships / General Research Grants /
Accompanying Social Measures

General Information for Applicants and Beneficiaries

Frequently asked questions

General questions regarding the application

Does the Foundation provide funding for master students?
No, the Foundation does not provide support for studies under PhD level.

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.

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".

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.

In which languages does the Foundation correspond?
German and English.

Should application documents and references be submitted in English or German?
The Foundation accepts both, although German is preferred where possible.

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.

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

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.

Does the Foundation cover overhead costs?
No, the Foundation does not cover overhead costs.

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.

General questions regarding the applications for scholarships

Can I continue to work during the time of my scholarship?
No, the simultaneous receipt of salary 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.

Questions regarding letters of recommendation

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 to or fax is possible.

Can authors send their expert assessments to the Foundation via email?
Expert assessments can be submitted via email (as scan to 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.

Do you accept letters of recommendation from abroad?

Do you accept letters of recommendation from other subject areas?

Specific questions regarding the PhD-Scholarships

Can doctoral students from overseas apply for a doctoral grant?

Can students write their doctorate overseas?

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 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.

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 reapply if my application has already been refused?
Yes, a second application is possible. However, all the documents must be submitted again.

Questions regarding grants in general

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.