The general research grants are primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.


The Foundation generally accepts applications for research projects made by universities, other research institutes or comparable institutions as well as by one or several Postdocs or scholars with Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification. The applicants must be involved in the research work of the project. For projects that are conducted by one scholar alone, a research scholarship has to be applied for.

The grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs.

Project staff on research projects may only be financed by PhD or research grants. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. As part of a research project, the costs incurred of visiting (foreign) scholars can also be financed.

The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office.


Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work.

Available Funding

Ph.D Scholarships: €1400 (monthly)

Postdoc Scholarships: €2000 (monthly)

After Post-Doctoral Lecture Qualification: €2700 (monthly)

The Foundation committees are holding their meeting in November 2017. If your application is successful, funding can start at the beginning of December 2017 at the very earliest.

Useful Links

For full details of the General Research Grants


CORIS Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist Deadline June 7, 2017
Submission to Sponsor June 14, 2017  Applications have to be in the Foundation’s office by this day. The date of the postmark is not valid.

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.