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The University of Erfurt is once again advertising Herzog Ernst research grants for the Gotha collections in 2024, primarily in the Gotha Research Library. During their stay on site, the fellows will be affiliated to the academic institutions of the University of Erfurt in Gotha.

For academic engagement with the resources held in Gotha, the following fellowships will be awarded:

  1. Herzog Ernst Fellowships for Ph.D. students (€ 1,300 per month, plus a family allowance of € 100 per month if applicable) for periods of up to nine months;
  2. Herzog Ernst Fellowships for Postdocs (€ 1,800 per month, plus a family allowance of € 100 per month if applicable) for periods of up to six months;

In 2021, the University of Erfurt was once again awarded the berufundfamilie / family-friendly university audit certificate and was thus distinguished as being particularly family-friendly.

Depending on their focus, the fellows are connected to the Gotha Research Centre or to the Centre for Transcultural Studies / Perthes Collection. They join the academic community on the Gotha Research Campus, and present their projects to the public. In addition, they submit a short report on the findings gained from the Gotha collections after completing their studies. For the duration of the fellowship we expect you to reside in Gotha.

Applicants are requested to enclose the following documents with their application:

  1. Application form (PDF)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A brief outline of the project (3–5 pages) including a statement why it is necessary to do research in Gotha (indicating the holdings to be consulted). It is recommended to contact the Gotha Research Library in advance
  4. Copies of relevant certificates
  5. A list of publications, where applicable
  6. Signed consent to the processing of personal data (PDF).

The application documents must be submitted in full and in one single PDF file (max. 5 MB) in the above order by e-mail to For the Herzog Ernst Fellowships, two recent letters of recommendation regarding the proposed project are also required (both experts should be named in the application form); these are to be submitted by the reviewer him- or herself by e-mail by the deadline.

Applications can be submitted in German and English until 30 September 2023, quoting the keyword Herzog Ernst Fellowship or Hiob Ludolf Fellowship at the Research Campus Gotha. Applications can also be submitted in encrypted form. Information on this can be found below.

If you are interested, you are cordially invited to contact the Centre for Transcultural Studies / Perthes Collection and/or the Gotha Research Centre  forschungszentrum.gotha@uni-erfurt.dein advance of your application.

For a pdf of the call for application please click here.

Please direct any queries concerning the application itself to:

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