In many ways, July is a key month for the Jacobi Foundation: it was on July 1st, 1998 that the donor who initiated the Foundation, Ms. Annemarie Luise Jacobi, died; it was on July 21st, 2003 that the Elise-und-Annemarie-Jacobi-Stiftung was officially recognized by the government of Upper Bavaria; on July 1st, 2005, the scholarship was launched for the first time and on July 3rd, 2005 the first scholarship holder arrived.
The idea for the Jacobi scholarship came up around spring 2004 when, after a lengthy legal dispute, it was decided that the German Archaeological Institute’s Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy at Munich would be the beneficiary of the foundation set up under the terms of Annemarie Luise Jacobi’s last will to “support students working on their doctorates”. In the 1950s, Ms. Jacobi had studied History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and Alexander Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, the first Chairman of the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy, had awakened her interest in Ancient History and, in particular, in Ancient Greece. More than anything else, seminars conducted in 1954-5 on the Linear B texts seem to have impressed her.
From the outset, it was obvious that the expected level of funding would not allow a multi-year scholarship to be established. Moreover, many scholarship programs of that kind were already offered by other institutions. The Commission’s First Director at the time, Michael Wörrle, made a virtue out of a necessity and came up with the idea of short-term scholarships lasting two to three months. The scholarship is made up of various elements: the successful candidates are assigned a place of study in the Commission’s library and accommodation in an apartment paid by the Foundation, their travel costs are covered, and there is a generous allowance for the months that the scholarship holders spend in Munich. An attractive feature of the program is the fact that instead of applications being considered only once a year, scholarships are promptly awarded four times per year. The decisions are taken by a committee consisting of the two directors of the Commission and two representatives of its academic advisory board.