Marie Curie Fellowships of the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Deadline: 30 June 2011
Open to: experienced or senior researchers in historical humanities including Islamic studies
Fellowship: 24 months research grant

Starting in 2011, the Gerda Henkel Foundation is offering Marie Curie Fellowships in the M4HUMAN (Mobility for experienced researchers in historical humanities including Islamic studies) program aimed at supporting outstanding scholars. One objective of this fixed-term program is to increase networking between researchers in the historical humanities at the international level, including researchers in religious, cultural and political sciences under the special program “Islam, the modern nation state and transnational movements”.

Research projects in the following fields are supported in particular:
* History
* Prehistory and Early History
* Archaeology
* Art History
* Historic Islamic Studies
* Legal History


There is a precondition for the application: mobility, meaning a stay at a host research institute selected by the applicant, situated in a country other than the country of origin and lasting for at least 70% of the 24-month period covered by the grant. The applicant must provide evidence of acceptance by the institution and by a mentor resident there.

The following combinations are acceptable:
* Origin: EU, Associated Countries*, Third Countries, German researchers outside Germany
* Destination: Germany

* Origin: Germany, EU, Associated Countries*
* Destination: EU (excluding Germany), Associated Countries*, Third Countries


* Experienced researchers (holding a doctorate or with 4 to 10 years of comparable and proven research experience)
* Senior researchers (holding post-doctoral qualifications, a comparable academic ranking, or with more than 10 years of comparable and proven research experience)


Online application.
The following documents must be included in an application for a research scholarship:
# Application overview (printout of the M4Human Programme Application Form)
# Description of the project (max. 25,000 signs)
# Schedule and working plan
# Travel itinerary and cost calculation of probable travel expenses (only one journey to the host institution and back)
# Tabular curriculum vitae with list of publications
# Abstracts of up to three publications (each abstract max. 3,000 signs)
# Academic certificates (examinations, Master, PhD, professorship, etc.)
# Written evidence of the obligatory research experience
# Written proof of acceptance from the host institution (university, research institute, museum etc.)
# Commitment from a mentor at the host institution to support the scholarship, to be sent by the author directly to the Gerda Henkel Foundation (signed by the author – an unsigned preliminary version via email or fax is accepted)
# Independent expert opinion (letter of reference), to be sent by the author directly to the Gerda Henkel Foundation (signed by the author – an unsigned preliminary version via email or fax is accepted)
* Experienced Researcher: two letters of reference
* Senior Researcher: one letter of reference
# Justification of previous career breaks, if applicable

After having submitted the electronic application form, the applicant must send a signed printout of the completed application form along with the other documents by mail to:
Gerda Henkel Stiftung
Malkastenstraße 15
D-40211 Düsseldorf


The grants cover the following costs:
* Living costs in the destination country (plus a family/child allowance if applicable)
* Mobility allowance
* Travel allowance
* Research costs (covering the costs of further training, start-up and return costs, together with an allowance to defray the costs of the host institution)


Telephone: +49 (0)211 936524 – 0
Telefax: +49 (0)211 936524 – 44
E-Mail: [email protected]

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