The programme aims at promoting academic research through the use of the resources of the Gotha Research Library and of the associated historic collection of the Justus Perthes Gotha Publishing House. Its academic orientation intends to carry on the universal spirit of the library itself and its diverse resources. In this sense, the programme has an open thematic and disciplinary character. The holdings of the Thuringian State Archive of Gotha, which is located in the Perthes-Forum, as well as collections held by the museums of the Friedenstein Castle Foundation can be included in the research project, too. Still, the following focal points are emphasized and applications should reflect the clear-cut fields of the Gotha Research Library:
- the ducal court in Gotha as an example for European court culture
- history of science and cultures of knowledge as global history, history of transfer, and entangled history, 16th to 20th century
- history of European literature, particularly 16th to early 19th century
- history of publishing and book trade
- early modern and 19th-century study of classical religions, history of protestantism, and islam
- philosophy and history of the german and european enlightenment
- heterodoxy, dissidence, and subversion
- history of the humanities, e.g. numismatics, oriental studies, philology
- history of natural science, e.g. alchemy, astronomy, physics and botany
- history of spatially oriented disciplines, 16th to 20th century, e.g. ethnology, geology, geography and statistics
- history of cartography and imperial history
- cartography and “critical geopolitics”
- history of objects and the historical study of material culture
- collection and museum studies
For academic engagement with the resources held in Gotha, the following fellowships will be awarded from 1 February 2023 onwards:
- 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;
- 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;
- Hiob Ludolf Fellowships (These are aimed at established national and international senior scholars who wish to spend a research stay of one to two months in Gotha. They receive reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs of up to € 1,500 per month). A family allowance of 100 euros per month is also granted for Fellows with children.
The programme also benefits from funding from the "Thüringer Programm zur Förderung von Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchskünstlerinnen" ("Thuringian Programme for the Promotion of Young Women Scientists and Artists"). Applications from women are therefore particularly welcome.
In 2021, the University of Erfurt was 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.