With its eleven research institutes abroad, the Max Weber Foundation (Max Weber Stiftung, MWS), based in Bonn, is one of the leading sponsors of German research in the humanities and social sciences. It employs over 350 staff worldwide and supports numerous scholarship holders.

Once a year the Max Weber Foundation confers Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants to academics in the qualification phase with an international focus. The travel grants are meant to improve the career opportunities for humanities and social science academics in their qualification phase. The scientists conduct a self-chosen research project in at least two and at most three host countries which are home to MWS institutes and branches or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History in Israel. The total term of funding shall not exceed three months. Placements (at most one month per host country, shorter stays are possible) are to be used for research, especially in libraries and archives. Academics are expected to produce transnational and transregional studies, providing research with new and original ideas. The research placements should ideally be completed within 12 months, or at most 24.

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

  • documented travel costs for travel to the foreign institute and back (least expensive route);
  • daily rates between € 36.00 and € 68.00 depending on the host country;
  • lodging in one of the institute’s inexpensive guest rooms depending on the host country chosen and on availability.

Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants

Countries and Regions

Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Poland, Singapore, Turkey, USA
When planning the travel, the continuously updated information from the authorities, in particular from the Robert Koch Institute, and the relevant travel information from the Federal Foreign Office must be observed. The travels are at the recipients of Feldman travel grants own responsibility. Depending on the situation, the start of the travel can be postponed.
Applications for the country of the applicant’s main place of residence will not be considered.
Research placements in Germany are only eligible for funding if the recipient plans two more stays at the foreign institutes or the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History.
Please note: Due to the current situation, it is not possible to apply for travel grants for Russia this year. Please direct any queries in this regard to: feldman@maxweberstiftung.de

Conditions for Application

Applications may be filed by highly qualified humanities and social science academics of any nationality (highest degree must be at least a Master, M.A., state examination or German Diplom) who have already published and can present a research plan. In the case of applications by doctoral students, publications do not necessarily have to be available. Applications for projects related to research priorities pursued by the Foundation’s institutes/branches will take precedence. There is no age restriction for application.

The selection criteria are:

  • Academic excellence
  • Transnational and/or comparative topic
  • Submitted project contributes to further academic qualification

A re-application is only possible if this has been explicitly stated in the rejection letter.

Employees and scholarship holders of the MWS are excluded from the application process.

Application documents

All application papers must be submitted in German or English. A complete application will comprise the following documents in one single pdf file:

  • a detailed presentation of the intended research project (max.2000 words), stating the sources which justify the stay in the specific host countries or at the institutes;
  • copies of certificates (examinations, PhD certificate);
  • list of publications (not mandatory for PhD students);
  • a reference letter from an expert which should provide information on the applicant’s status and the progress of work and be sent by the reviewer by e-mail (feldman@maxweberstiftung.de) directly to the Max Weber Foundation’s central office;
  • a letter confirming supervision by the host institution in Germany is mandatory if a research stay in Germany is planned.
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