Programme Description

The sponsorships are aimed at particularly qualified junior scholars and researchers from all areas of historical study, planning to focus their research on the Herzog August Library during the stay. Junior postgraduate students from Germany and abroad are eligible for application, if the library's holdings are essential for their research and they have demonstrated outstanding competence in the field of academic or scientific work. The collection of books and manuscripts of Duke Augustus the Younger, together with numerous other collections, form the nucleus of the Wolfenbüttel research library. In the context of ongoing international research into the medieval and early modern periods the holdings are continuously augmented.

The Foundation awards sponsorships which are worth EUR 1,100 per month for a period of two to 10 months to visiting scholars. Fellows are accommodated in the library's Wolfenbüttel guest houses for the duration of their fellowship. The rent for the guest houses is paid from the grant sum. Moreover, the grants include an allowance for material expenses of EUR 100 per month. In well-funded cases the sponsorship period can be extended, if applied for.

Former holders of fellowships from the foundations can apply for further financial support. The Footnote Fund supports scholars who are either at the final stage of their doctorate or are working on the revision for the publication and wish to return to the library for a short stay – for example, should they need to review or add further source material. The fellowship is EUR 300 for Germans and EUR 500 for international applicants.

Target Group

particularly qualified junior scholars and researchers from all areas of historical study or musicologists from Germany and abroad, whose research is centred on the Herzog August Library during the stay

Academic Requirements

doctoral candidates from an area of historical study


The sponsorship is granted over a period of two to 10 months. In well-funded cases the grant period can be extended, if applied for.

Scholarship Value

  • EUR 1,100 per month
  • allowance for material costs of EUR 100 per month
  • accommodation in the library's guest houses (rent is paid from the grant)
  • contribution to travel expenses, if they cannot be borne by a third party

Application Papers

Application forms and further information can be found here.

Application Deadline

1 April and 1 October of each year

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