In the year 2014, Lisa Maskell, founder of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, would have celebrated her 100th birthday. To mark the occasion the Gerda Henkel Foundation has initiated a scholarship programme supporting young humanities scholars from Africa and Southeast Asia. It is the largest international support programme for PhD students in the history of the Foundation.
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. Candidates from all Sub-Saharan states are eligible to apply.
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 do a doctorate at a German university and to develop strong academic partnerships between the different countries of origin and Germany.
Accompanying measures such us workshops and infrastructural support are part of the programme as well.