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Gerda Henkel Foundation: “Democracy” and “Lost Cities” Programmes

The Gerda Henkel Foundation has launched two new international funding programmes, designed to be interdisciplinary, and address post-doctoral researchers based at a university and working in the area of the humanities and social sciences.

Democracy as Utopia, Experience and Threat

The Foundation is responding to recent experiences that democracy is not a given. The rule of law, the separation of powers, freedom of opinion, and a commitment to the common good have been relativised and limited. Funding is offered to research scholars who wish to investigate the social order from ancient times until today.

Funding

Funding can be provided for projects with up to three persons involved, who are carrying out research into the same issues, by means of bursaries (PhD scholarships and Research Scholarships) as well as travel and material aid. Scholarship applications from single researchers are not accepted. The funding program also provides for the project partners to participate in a public “workshop discussion on democracy research”, organised by the Foundation.

Eligibility

The funding program is designed to be interdisciplinary. Eligible to apply are post-PhD researchers based in a university and working in the area of humanities and social sciences.

Further Information

Lost Cities

This second funding programme is on shrinking and/or entirely abandoned cities: so-called Lost Cities. Current transformation processes in various parts of the world mean that many of these Lost Cities are emerging. Nevertheless, the phenomenon is not a new one and has been a widespread hallmark of urban history since the emergence of urban culture. The initiative “Lost Cities; Perception of and living with abandoned cities in the cultures of the world” invites research scholars to conduct projects on the multifaceted dimensions of Lost Cities.

Funding & Duration

Funding can be provided for projects with up to three persons involved, who are carrying out research into the same issues, by means of bursaries (PhD scholarships and Research Scholarships) as well as travel and material aid.  The individual projects should be organised by groups of researchers with thematic areas of focus. The funding program also provides for the project partners to participate in a public “workshop discussion on Lost Cities”, organized by the Foundation.

Eligibility

Eligible to apply are post-PhD researchers based in a university and working in the area of humanities and social sciences.

Further Information

Submission Requirements & Due Date

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