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Funding Programme Democracy (humanities worldwide)


The Funding Programme Democracy from the Gerda Henkel Foundation provides research funding for humanities research teams worldwide working on democracy. This funding call has two subsections:

  1. "Historically oriented subsection on the topic of Democracy as a Utopia, Experience and Threats aims at placing the aforementioned problematic issues in the broader historical context and considering the history of conflicts over the foundation of the social order."
  2. "Analysis of the present situation and predictions for the future, focuses on Transformations of Democracy? Or: The Contours of Future Democratic Society. It represents an invitation to venture contributions, speculations and assertions so that we might learn to better understand the complex present-day situation and the processes of profound transformation that are taking shape while also trying to trace the contours of future society."

The Programme is open to research teams of PhD holders in the humanities or social sciences who are affiliated with a university. There are no restrictions on citizenship or research location. The funding covers staff, travel and equipment costs for up to 36 months. PhD scholars are funded at 1,600 EUR/month. For postdocs this funding is at 2,300 EUR/month. For established researchers this funding is at 3,100 EUR/month. Additional funding is provided for successful applicants with children. The next application closing date is June 6, 2023.

Full application due:
June 6, 2023

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