Gerda Henkel Prize

"For more than 40 years now, the Gerda Henkel Foundation has been committed to promoting innovative research and has made a significant contribution to historical and cultural awareness by supporting excellent scholars and their projects. Since first being established, the Foundation has contributed about 160 million euros as funding for more than 6,600 different projects. With the Gerda Henkel Prize, we wish to encourage further support of the historical humanities and to raise awareness on topics which otherwise are not in the focus of public interest."

Julia Schulz-Dornburg, Chair of the Board of Trustees
(Call for nominations, 2018)

Gerda Henkel Prize

The Gerda Henkel Prize was set up in 2006 and is awarded every two years to excellent and internationally acclaimed researchers who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement in the disciplines and funding areas supported by the Foundation and can be expected to continue to do so. The Gerda Henkel Prize is worth 100,000 euros. The prize money may be used at the winner’s discretion.

The Foundation invites scholars of universities worldwide, as well as renowned cultural and academic institutions, to nominate qualified candidates. The prize is open to scholars from all countries. Self-nominations cannot be accepted. Neither members of the Foundation Committees or the jury nor employees of the Gerda Henkel Foundation may participate in the nomination process or be nominated for the prize.

Nomination Process

The Foundation invites scholars of universities worldwide, as well as renowned cultural and academic institutions, to nominate qualified candidates. The prize is open to scholars from all countries. Self-nominations cannot be accepted. Neither members of the Foundation Committees or the jury nor employees of the Gerda Henkel Foundation may participate in the nomination process or be nominated for the prize.

Each institution or individual may only nominate one candidate. Incomplete nominations or any documents that arrive after the deadline cannot be considered.

A complete nomination consists of the following documents:

  • The nomination form
  • The duly signed supporting statement
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae
  • A list of the nominee's most important academic publications from the last five years.

The next call for nominations for the Gerda Henkel Prize will be in autumn 2019. Information will be made available in due time here.

Selection Process and Jury

The Gerda Henkel Foundation's Board of Trustees makes the final decision as to who should receive the prize based on a recommendation submitted by the jury. The jury consists of members of the Foundation's Academic Advisory Council and independent persons.

Jury in 2018

Chair
Prof. Peter Funke

Members
Prof. Ute Daniel
Prof. Andreas Eckert
Prof. Peter Geimer
Prof. Martin Jehne
Prof. Hermann Parzinger
Prof. Sabine Schmidtke
Prof. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger
Prof. Bo Stråth
Prof. Marcel van der Linden

Contact Person

Dr Sybille Wüstemann,
Head of Press Relations and Event Management
(wuestemann@gerda-henkel-stiftung.de)