Scholarships and grants are available for students at any stage in their career and for various purposes from diverse institutions and foundations. Generally speaking, the more advanced you are with your studies, the more offers you may find.
Funding can be obtained for almost any aspect of one's study or research. Individual foundations, associated with political parties, confessions or other social organizations, provide long-time support for postgraduate and doctoral students for up to three years. They sometimes provide additional funds for study or research abroad.
Exhaustive lists of foundations and programmes offering grants and scholarships are provided by the German Labor Union for Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has a useful database not only for travel funds. Internally, within Heidelberg University, the International Relations Office can be consulted.
Funding for Conference Participation
Universities, individual projects and foundations may also provide funds for conference or short-term research trips. Doctoral students can apply for funding for conference and lecture participation at the DAAD and the University's Graduate Academy. Post-Doctoral students have the additional opportunity to apply for travel subsidies at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Grants to complete and publish doctoral theses, on the other hand, are limited and difficult to obtain. It is therefore advisable to plan well in advance, stick to a strict schedule and to keep searching for alternative funding. The University's Graduate Academy provides limited grants through funding from the Excellence Initiative.
Below we provide you with announcements of current offers. If not stated otherwise, the offers listed on these pages are available for German as well as foreign students.
The FORUM TRANSREGIONALE STUDIEN in Berlin, Germany, offers up to ten postdoctoral fellowships for the research programme “Art histories and aesthetic practices”, starting in October 2014. The... read more
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, the Max Planck Insitute and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin offer up to three doctoral or postdoctoral fellowships within the programme “Connecting Art... read more
The European Research Council (ERC) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, offers Post-Doctoral and Doctoral fellowships, beginning in September 2014. The successful candidates will... read more
The University of California, USA, seeks applications for the interdisciplinary Graduate Programme in the Study of Religion, starting in fall 2014. The graduate programme focuses on regions in Asia,... read more
The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, offers up to five postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences, starting in September... read more
The International Max Planck Research School for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia (IMPRS ANARCHIE) in Halle, Germany, is seeking applications for several two-year PhD positions,... read more
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the University Library at the University of Michigan, USA, is seeking applications for three four-week research fellowships in October 2014, March 2015 or... read more