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.
The most important criteria when deciding if a grant should be awarded are the academic significance and the quality of the research project. Also precise planning of costs and schedule of the proposed project are absolutely essential.
Research projects in the following fields are supported in particular:
- History of Art
- Historical Islamic Studies
- History of Science
- History of Law
- Prehistory and Early History
Since 2008 the Foundation has also increasingly addressed issues of great relevance to contemporary life and the future, above all as part of its special “Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements” and “Security, Society and the State” programmes. As part of the Lisa Maskell Fellowships, since 2014 the Foundation has been supporting young scholars in the humanities in both Africa and Southeast Asia. Starting in 2015, the Foundation has with its “Patrimonies” funding initiative focused more strongly on the preservation of cultural heritage, specifically in regions experiencing crisis.
Funds are provided for:
- specific temporary research projects by way of grants for personnel, travel and material expenses (not for individual journeys to participate in conferences)
- research and PhD scholarships for German and foreign scholars (not for studies under PhD level)
- publications of particularly successful projects supported by the Foundation