The open call supports research projects in the following fields:

  • challenges of new technologies;
  • public administration and human security;
  • patterns of conflict resolution between the state and traditional actors;
  • non-governmental actors as partners and contenders of the state;
  • security strategies between doctrine formation and implementation

The programme addresses scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, especially historical humanities, and is intended to encourage junior scholars to pursue unconventional research agendas that are nonetheless crucial, while providing senior scholars with the opportunity to focus intensively on work in progress for a limited period. Moreover, the objective is to combine basic theoretical research with concepts that are applicable to present-day political issues of security policy.

Applications for research projects may be made by universities, other research institutes or comparable institutions as well as by one or several PhDs or scholars with postdoctoral lecture qualification. Applicants must be actively involved in the research work of the project.

Grants may cover costs for personnel, travel, materials or other costs.

The Gerda Henkel Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation under the German private law. The object of the Foundation is to promote science, primarily by supporting specific projects in the field of humanities.

For more information about this funding call, please visit the funder's website.