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Funding initiative ” Pro Geisteswissenschaften”

The joint
initiative „Pro Geisteswissenschaften” was established by the Fritz
Thyssen Foundation and the Volkswagen Foundation, in cooperation with
the Zeit-Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius and the Stifterverband
f|r die Deutsche Wissenschaft.

„Pro Geisteswissenschaften” offers three possibilities of funding:

Dilthey-Fellowships Up to ten fellowships per year are awarded to
excellent researchers. Outstanding young post-doctorate scholars are
able to work on projects that open up new areas of research in the
humanities. The duration is five years with the possibility of
extension (up to five years) and the budget covers staff
appropriations and financial means concerning the individual project.
A prerequisite for eligibility is that research work is embedded in a
German university or research institute. The awarding of the PhD
should not be dated back longer than 5 years. Besides research
activities the fellow should take part in teaching. Deadline is 31.
August 2005.

„Opus Magnum” Exceptional scholars who have made an outstanding
contribution to research can obtain sabbatical leave of between six
months and two years to work on an expansive scholarly publication. Up
to ten outstanding researchers are funded per year.The deadline is 30.
September 2005.

„Supporting Events: Humanities and the Public” The aim of this scheme
is to fund events which promote the meaning and standing of the
humanities to the public at large. Applications are possible for
thematic workshops, events and bigger conferences. Application is
possible at any time.

Further Informations:

Contact person: Professor Dr. Axel Horstmann Tel.:+49 511 8381-214
Fax: +49 511 8381-344 Email:

Contact at KoWi: Victoria Reichl email:

Uwe David email: