Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants

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Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants

The Max Weber Foundation (MWS) is pleased to offers the Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants. These grants are open to highly qualified humanities and social science academics of any nationality (highest degree must be at least a Master, M.A., state examination or German Diploma).

The travel grants are meant to improve the career opportunities for humanities and social science academics in their qualification phase. The aim of the program is to promote transnational and transregional research and to create connections between the academic cultures of the Foundation’s host countries and Germany.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Humanities and social science academics with an international focus as well as humanities and social science academics of any citizenship.
  • Who are in their qualification phase (Ph.D., habilitation or a corresponding qualification phase) may apply if they:
    • Were awarded an excellent or very good grade for their last qualification (at least Master, M.A., German state examination or German Diploma),
    • Have published,
    • Can present a research plan,
    • Have a good command of the language(s) required for the research project.
  • Countries and regions: China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Turkey, USA.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To apply for this grant, the applicants must download the application form and submit by email to Feldman (at)


  • Applications for projects related to research priorities pursued by the Foundation’s institutes/branches will take precedence.
  • Feldman travel grants can be awarded within a period of up to two years for a total of three short-term research placements in the host countries of the Max Weber Foundation’s foreign institutes/branches or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center.
  • Recipients are expected to conduct their research project at two or three MWS institutes.
  • Research placements in Germany are only eligible for funding if the recipient plans at least two more stays at the foreign institutes or the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History.
  • Research placements in the country of the scientist’s main place of residence are not eligible for grants, and applications to that effect will not be considered.
  • For placements in Germany, a letter confirming supervision from the host institution in Germany is required at the time of application.
  • Grants do not include any funds for the time between research placements.
  • All application papers must be submitted in German or English.
  • A complete application will comprise the following information:
  • completed application form
  • a detailed presentation (max. 3-5 pages) of the intended research project, stating the sources which justify the stay in the specific host countries or at the institutes
  • copies of certificates (examinations, Ph.D. certificate)
  • list of publications
  • a reference opinion from an expert which should provide information on the applicant’s status and the progress of work and be sent directly to the Max Weber Foundation’s central office
  • A letter confirming supervision by the host institution in Germany, if applicable.


Funding is based on the rates of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and covers:

  • Documented travel costs for travel to the foreign institute and back (least expensive route)
  • daily rates between € 27.00 and € 56.00 depending on the host country
  • Lodging in one of the institute’s inexpensive guest rooms depending on the host country chosen and on availability.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline for applications is October 12, 2018.

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