Doctoral and young scholars fellowships

Dr. Günther Findel-Stiftung / Rolf und Ursula Schneider-Stiftung

General Information

Thanks to the initiatives by private foundations (Dr. Günther Findel-Stiftung/Rolf und Ursula Schneider-Stiftung) fellowships programmes for doctoral candidates have been established at the Herzog August Bibliothek. These programmes are open to applicants from Germany and abroad and from all disciplines. Candidates who already hold scholarships (eg. state or college awards or grants from Graduiertenkollegs) or can apply for a rent subsidy to help finance their stay in Wolfenbüttel.

Applicants may apply for a fellowship of between 2 and 10 months, if research on their dissertation topic necessitates the use of the Wolfenbüttel holdings. The fellowship is € 1.100 per month. Fellowship holders are housed in library accommodation for the duration of the fellowship and pay the rent from their fellowship. There is also an allowance of € 100 per month to cover costs of copying, reproductions etc. Candidates can apply for a travel allowance if no funds are available to them from other sources.

Please request an application form (contact), which details all the documents which need to be submitted.

Application deadlines: October 1st or April 1st. The Board holds its selection meetings in February and July. Successful applicants can take up the award from April 1st or October 1st onwards each year.

Members of the Foundation Boards: Dr. Jill Bepler (Wolfenbüttel); Dr. Katharina Biegger (Berlin); Professor Dr. Peter Burschel (Wolfenbüttel); Dr. Ulf Kapahnke (Wolfenbüttel); Professor Dr. Alexander Košenina (Hannover); Florian Rehm (Wolfenbüttel); Professor Dr. Thomas Scharff (Braunschweig); York Steifensand (Braunschweig);
Honorary Member: Dr. Sabine Solf (Wolfenbüttel).

Fellowships are awarded by the Foundations Boards. Outside evaluators will be asked for assessments on applications. The Boards' decision-making process is facilitated by a Selection Committee. Members of the Selection Committee are: Dr. Katharina Biegger (Berlin); Coordinator: Dr. Elizabeth Harding (Wolfenbüttel); Chair: Professor Dr. Alexander Košenina (Hannover); Professor Dr. Thomas Scharff (Braunschweig).

Applications should be sent to:

Herzog August Bibliothek
Frau Dr. Elizabeth Harding
Postfach 13 64
D-38299 Wolfenbüttel

New: Fellowship Programme Expanded in the Field of Musicology

The library is also calling for applications for a fellowship of two months in the field of the history of music that could begin in March 2016 at the earliest. This fellowship is a bequest from musicologist Dr Gudrun Busch who worked intensively with the library’s holdings for many years.

Fellowships are awarded by the Foundations‘ Board. Terms and conditions as stated above apply.

New: Fellowship Programme Expanded: Footnote Fund

Former holders of fellowships from the foundations can now apply for further financial support. The Footnote Fund supports scholars who are either at the final stage of their doctorate or are working on the revision for the publication and wish to return to the library for a short stay – for example, should they need to review or add further source material. The fellowship is 300 Euros for Germans and 500 Euros for international applicants. Please request an application form (contact).

This welcome expansion to the doctoral programme was made possible thanks to the generous response to an appeal for financial support launched on the occasion of the anniversary of the Dr. Günther Findel-Stiftung in 2013. Further contributions are of course welcome.

Fellowships "Digital Humanities"

The Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel reseach association is calling for applications for several fellowships in the field of Digital Humanities. The programme is open to all disciplines and is directed towards young scholars (graduates at Master level) from Germany and abroad.


The American Friends of the HAB Travel Grants

The American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek was founded by American fellows of the Library in St. Louis in 1996. The aim of the society is to support the work of the library and encourage use of its resources, especially among early career researchers from the US. The IRS requires the group to aid the HAB by spending the money gathered through memberships and gifts on the library's behalf in the United States. Accordingly, the Executive Committee has authorized the following programs to aid the Library:

Wolfenbüttel travel grants

The American Friends of the HAB offers travel grants of up to $ 2.000 to assist US Citizens (or permanent US Residents) who are in the process of writing dissertations based on the rich collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek. Such travel grants are also available to early career scholars up to three years after they officially receive the doctoral degree. Candidates may either apply directly, or students may be nominated by their doctoral advisers. All recent PhDs should apply directly. The choice of successful applicants is made by the Executive Committee of the American Friends. The competition is open to US students/ early career scholars in all the fields in which the HAB has significant holdings. The travel grants may be used in conjunction with a fellowship from the library or other funding. The quickest and easiest way to request an application form by e-mail is to contact Prof. Gerhild Scholz Williams (Washington University, St Louis). The applicant's stay at the HAB made possible by the travel grant is expected to last for a minimum of four weeks in order to allow enough time for work with the collection. The application should include a travel budget detailing specific amounts for air and/or rail travel and intended dates of travel. Your budget should also indicate the amount of any other funding you will be receiving in connection with your visit to Wolfenbüttel. There are no deadlines.

Conference support

Early career scholars (PhD candidates and scholars up to 3 years after PhD) who have had papers accepted that are based on research at the HAB to be given at the annual conferences of the Renaissance Society of America or the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference may apply for a $ 300 subsidy to help cover the cost of attending. This program is open to US Citizens (or permanent US Residents). Applicants should provide proof of official acceptance of their papers by the conference organizers and will be reimbursed when the conference has taken place. Please do not apply until your panel has been accepted. Applications may be made directly to Prof. Gerhild Scholz Williams (Washington University, St Louis). There will be 5 awards per year for each conference.

Information on the American Friends of the HAB