Research stipends from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation
Research stipends from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation are an instrument used to support highly qualified individual junior scholars that have doctoral degrees in a research project over a limited period of time. They are to be offered the opportunity to fully concentrate on the research project they have selected with the help of a post-doc research stipend.
Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.
Applications for stipends can be submitted at any time. An answer is generally provided within eight weeks.
The research stipend should be associated with a scholarly project that is independent of any outside influence and be based on individual initiative and be carried out at a university or at a non-profit research facility and also promote continuing educational training.
Upon acceptance of the research stipend, the foundation assumes, however, that the financial resources will be used for the intended purpose, that the stipend holder will devote his or her working time to the research task and submit a report after the end of the stipend. The foundation is to be informed if the basis for approval or the personal or financial conditions of the stipend holder or spouse change, the project is changed or if it is interrupted. The foundation retains the right to revoke the stipend if it turns out that statements made in the application documents are inaccurate or notifications have not been provided as required. The foundation furthermore reserves the right to adjust grants to changing conditions.
The research stipend is not tantamount to any employment or service relationship with the foundation. The research stipend is being awarded with the expectation that the recipient will devote all his or her efforts to the chosen project.
The stipend holder is not subject to statutory social security requirements. The stipend holder shall be responsible for ensuring that he or she has adequate health-insurance coverage (including for foreign countries) during the period of the stipend granted. The foundation does not pay any subsidies or benefits in the event of sickness or accident.
The research stipend is tax-free under the conditions laid down in § 3, section 44 German Income Tax Act (EStG). In cases of doubt, a binding decision will be issued by the fiscal authorities having jurisdiction over the stipend holder.
The research stipend is made up of a basic payment and additional payments. The basic payment irrespective of age is € 1,800 per month. To cover material and travel costs (e.g. for books, information visits to other working groups) directly connected to the academic work, a lump sum allowance of € 200 per month can be awarded as additional payment. Significant special expenses beyond this can only be considered if applied for in advance.
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