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 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.
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.
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. For the special programme Security, Society, and the State, proposals will only be accepted in English language.
In what order should the documents be submitted?
The order for documents can be found on each programme’s page on our website.
Are there formal requirements on how the application documents should be compiled?
The project description should not be longer than 8 pages. Documents should be printed on one side only and 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.
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.
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.
Which certifications should be submitted when I am applying for a 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.
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.
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.
Can I reapply if my application has already been refused?
Yes, a second application is possible. However, all the documents must be submitted again.
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 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.
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.
Can I continue to work during the time of my scholarship?
No, the simultaneous receipt of salary and a scholarship is not possible.
Who should write the declaration that unpaid leave from the current position is possible?
The declaration may be written and signed by yourself.
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.
Can I apply with one and the same research project for support from several of the Foundation’s programmes?
No, an application can only be submitted to a single funding programme. However, in principle you can submit different research proposals at one and the same time.
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 "Islam, the Modern Nation State, and Transnational Movements" and “Security, Society, and the State“.
What do 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be in touch within a few days to let you know whether you can apply.
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.
Does the Foundation provide funding for master students?
No, the Foundation does not provide support for studies under PhD level.
Can I apply for funding of college or tuition fees?
No, the Foundation does not cover college or tuition fees.
Does the Foundation cover overhead costs?
No, the Foundation does not cover overhead costs.
Does the Foundation sponsor individual journeys to participate in scientific conferences?
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.