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.ba1721732590h@gnu1721732590hcsro1721732590f1721732590, 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.


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The next call is scheduled for 2025


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

The Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt, the Francke Foundations in Halle and the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel can again award a three-month scholarship for 2025 to an excellent postdoctoral researcher from the East Central European region to research their holdings. The international scholarship programme is open to all historically oriented disciplines. It supports projects geared towards researching the holdings of all three institutions, linking them and relating them to each other. A central requirement of this programme is that the library holdings are essential to the proposed research project.

The Gotha locations of the University of Erfurt with the universally oriented collections of the former ducal house of Saxony-Gotha-Altenburg, especially in the Gotha Research Library, the Francke Foundations in Halle with the Historical Library and the famous Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities from 1736/41, as well as the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel as the most important library in Germany with holdings concerning the medieval and early modern period, are among the outstanding collections and research institutions for the cultural history of European early modern times (temporal focus before 1800). Their holdings are also often thematically complementary to each other. Research questions can therefore be equally addressed to the holdings of all three locations; at the same time, projects can benefit considerably from the simultaneous use of the holdings of all three institutions. Aim of this programme is to advance research that pertains to these links.

The scholarship is 2,000 euros per month. In addition, there is a family allowance of 400 euros per month, if applicable. The host institutions will assist in arranging childcare.

Residence in at least one of the three locations is compulsory for the entire period. Stays of at least two weeks must be completed at all three institutions. A travel allowance of 500 euros is granted.

The scholarship programme is funded by the Dorothee Wilms Foundation in the Stifterverband: A continuation of the programme is planned.

Please contact us and request an application form at ed.ba1721732590h@gnu1721732590hcsro1721732590f1721732590. In this cycle, the programme is coordinated by the Herzog August Library.

Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Harding

Cooperation partner:

Gotha Research Library:

Francke Foundations in Halle:

Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel:

Fellowship period: 3 months, between 1 January and 31 August 2025

Application deadline: 31 October 2024


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).