About theax Weber Foundation offers Gerald D. Feldman travel grants
Once a year the Max Weber Foundation offers Gerald D. Feldman travel grants to young academics with support of the Peters-Beer-Foundation in the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.
The travel support aims to improve the professional opportunities for outstanding, internationally orientated humanities academics.
The academics carry out a research project of their choice in at least two and at most three host countries of institutes of the Max Weber Foundation. It also offers grants to academics researching at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History in Jerusalem. Travel support is granted for a maximum of three months. The periods of residence are especially intended to enable research in libraries or archives in the respective host country. This is expected to produce studies which are transnational, giving new and original impulses to research. The period of residence should be completed within 12 months, and cannot exceed 24 months. The travel support is granted for one month only (28 days) for each host country.
Eligibility requirements for applications Academics with an international focus, from the field of humanities, who are currently in the qualifying phase (PhD, habilitation or a corresponding qualifying phase), may apply, so long as they: 1. Were awarded an excellent or very good grade for their last qualification (at least M.A., German state examination, or German Diploma); 2. Have published articles in recognized scientific journals; 3. Can submit a research project plan; 4. Have a good command of the languages necessary for conducting the project
Guidelines for awarding Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants from the Max Weber Foundation
Aim of the scheme The goal of the Max Weber Foundation is “to promote research with a focus on history, culture, economic and social sciences in selected countries, and to promote a mutual understanding between Germany and these countries.For this purpose, the Foundation runs German Research Institutes in each of its host countries, and supports preparatory and attendant tasks, especially projects.” (Section 2 of the DGIA Act dated 31st July 2009).
The Max Weber Foundation offers young academics the opportunity to engage on short-term research projects in various host countries, at institutes run by the Foundation. It also offers grants to academics researching at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History in Jerusalem and according to certain requirements to Germany. For this reason, the Max Weber Foundation set up the Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants scheme in cooperation with the PetersBeer Foundation in the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Association of Foundations for Promoting German Science), which also supports the scheme financially. Frequently, these study visits lead to longer-term cooperation and networking between German institutes and the Foundation’s Research Institutes, as well as between the employees of the host country institutes and scientists working in Germany. Building up such networks is just as important here as prompting original and trans-national research projects.
Recipients of grants visit Max Weber Foundation Research Institutes in a minimum of two and a maximum of three host countries, or the Richard Koebner Minerva Center, staying in each host country for one month. Research visits to Germany can only be funded if the applicant plans research visits to at least two further institutes and if the applicant has received a letter confirming supervision by the German host institution.
Travel Grants for the country of permanent residence are not admissible. The travel support does not include funding for the period between the research visits. These periods of residence are for the purpose of research, particularly in libraries or archives in the host country in question. The expectation is for trans-national studies to be conducted, providing research with new and original ideas. Research visits should take place within a twelve month period, but not exceed a 24 month time limit. The grants are targeted at highly qualified German humanities academics with an international focus. Applicants whose projects are connected to the Institutes’ key areas of research will take precedence. Through contact with the institutes, recipients of travel grants should have the opportunity to make the best possible use of the networks of the institutes in host countries, also using social media and the blog portal hypotheses.org where applicable.
To apply in writing, the necessary forms/documents can be downloaded from the Max Weber Foundation website.
Please submit your application via email to: email@example.com
The following must be included in any application:
- The completed application form;
- A detailed presentation (max. 3-5 pages) of the planned research project, including references to source material located in the host country / institution;
- Copies of certificates (exams, PhD certificate);
- List of publications; A reference opinion from an expert indicating the status of the applicant and his/her work, sent directly to the Central Office of the Max Weber Foundation.
- If necessary, a letter confirming supervision by the German host institution
You can find information at: http://www.maxweberstiftung.de/foerderung/gerald-d-feldman-reisebeihilfen.html
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