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) programme aimed at supporting outstanding scholars. This funding initiative is co-financed by the European Commission under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research. One objective of this fixed-term programme 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 programme “Islam, the modern nation state and transnational movements”. Other goals include the promotion of trans-national academic exchange, increasing transnational mobility, facilitating further education and the positive and long-term influencing of the research environment in both origin and destination countries. Research scholarships can be requested for a larger-scale research work or in connection with a research project.
Fields of Research
Research projects in the following fields are supported in particular:
-Prehistory and Early History
-Historic Islamic Studies
In addition to the areas listed above, appropriate applications may be submitted in respect of projects that align to the Gerda Henkel Foundation’s special programme “Islam, the modern nation state and transnational movements”.
The programme provides 24-month research grants for two categories of researchers:
-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)
In addition to the academic suitability of the applicant, a precondition for the application is an element of mobility (either incoming or outgoing); i.e. 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
-Origin: Germany, EU, Associated Countries*
-Destination: EU (excluding Germany), Associated Countries*, Third Countries
-Country of origin and destination are identical
-Country of origin is a Third Country but destination country is not Germany
At the time of the relevant deadline for submission of proposals, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the mentioned deadline.
* Associated Countries: Switzerland, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Croatia, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Faroe Islands
The grants cover the following costs:
-Living costs in the destination country (plus a family/child allowance if applicable)
-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)
The duration of Marie Curie Fellowships in the M4Human Programme is 24 months.
Selection process and evaluation
Following the application phase, all fully completed applications are evaluated by the International Advisory Committee and the Academic Advisory Committee of the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The assessment criteria include the qualifications of the applicant and the academic quality of the project. The final decision on all applications is made by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, based on the recommendations of these two bodies.
>>> The deadline for applications is 30 June 2011. <<<
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