Research grants funded by the State of Lower Saxony 2026

Next application deadline: January 31, 2025, start: January 1, 2026

Post-doc Fellowships

Early career scholars who are within 6 years of receiving their PhD, may apply for a long-term fellowship of between 6 and 10 months. The library will award from 4 to 6 such fellowships annually. The monthly fellowship is € 2.200. The fellowship holder will receive a one-time reimbursement for the cost of travel to and from Wolfenbüttel (max. € 2.000). Fellows who bring their families to Wolfenbüttel may apply for a monthly child supplement (one child: € 300; two children € 400; three or more € 500).
*for applications submitted in January 2025 the PhD must have been awarded in 2019 or later.

Short-term Fellowships

The fellowships are addressed to a broad range of scholars of all career stages (from post-doc to emeriti) wishing to make a short visit in order to gather source material. Applications can be made for stays of between one and three months. The monthly fellowship is € 1.800. A travel subsidy will also be paid (between € 150 and max. € 650, depending on country of origin).

Application for a fellowship at the Herzog August Bibliothek

For your application please request the application forms for the respective fellowship program at ed.ba1712928156h@gnu1712928156hcsro1712928156f1712928156, stating your research focus and the keyword "Post-doc" or "Short-term". Reviewers will be appointed to evaluate the applications, and the Scientific Advisory Board will select the fellows. You can find the guidelines for the awarding of scholarships in the download area on the right.


NEW: NFDI4Memory FAIR Data Fellowships

Deadline: April 2, 2024
Call for papers see in the 'Download' section


Postdoc fellowship for East-Central European academics in Gotha, Halle and Wolfenbüttel (3 months)

The Forschungszentrum Gotha (Gotha Research Centre) at Universität Erfurt, the Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle (Franke Foundations in Halle) and the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel are awarding a new three-month fellowship for 2024 to an outstanding post-doc academic from East-Central Europe to research their collections. This international programme is open to all fields of historical study. It promotes projects that are devoted to researching the collections of all three institutions, linking them together and relating them to one another. A clearly substantiated connection to all three collections is therefore required.

The Gotha Research Centre at Universität Erfurt – with its universal collections of the former Ducal House of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, in particular those held in the Forschungsbibliothek Gotha (Gotha Research Library) – the Franckesche Stiftungen, with its Historische Bibliothek (Historical Library) and the famous Kunst- und Naturalienkammer (Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities) of 1736/41, and the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel, as Germany’s most significant library of the early modern period, are among the most outstanding collections and research institutions for the cultural history of early European modernity (focusing on the period prior to 1800). The collections of the three institutions are in many ways complementary, so that research interests can frequently be pursued at all three together and many research projects have been able to profit significantly from using all three collections. The joint fellowship programme aims to support this kind of cross-institutional research in future.

The fellowship amounts to €2,000 per month. In addition, a family subsidy of a further €400 per month is available. The host institutions will assist in finding childcare facilities.

The fellowship holder will be required to live full-time in at least one of the three locations for the entire residency. Stays of at least two weeks at the other institutions are required. A subsidy for travel expenses of €500 is provided.

The programme is supported by the Dorothee Wilms-Stiftung (Dorothee Wilms Foundation) as part of the Stifterverband initiative ( There are plans in place for it to be continued.

A detailed call for applications with information on necessary documentation is online on the Forschungszentrum Gotha website (

Cooperation partners:

Forschungsbibliothek Gotha:

Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle:

Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel:

Fellowship period: 3 months, between 1 January and 31 August 2024

Close of applications: 31 October 2023


Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt
Kristina Petri (Academic coordinator)
Schloßberg 2, 99687 Gotha


HAB-Newberry Library Chicago

The Herzog August Bibliothek annually awards one-month fellowships, which are combined with a fellowship at the Newberry Library Chicago. The goal is to support a research project based on the holdings of both libraries. Enquiries and applications should be addressed to the Newberry Library (short-term-fellowships/long-term-fellowships).