Programme Description

The Herder Institute awards scholarships to junior or experienced researchers especially from East-Central and Western Europe (excluding Germany) who work on the countries and peoples of Eastern Europe. Visiting scholars benefit from the Herder Institute's comprehensive collections and from one of the world’s biggest special libraries on the history of East-Central Europe during a research stay in the city of Marburg.

The sponsorship will be granted for a period of three months at most. It is worth a base amount of EUR 1,400 for junior researchers and of EUR 1,600 for experienced researchers; in addition, there are contributions towards health insurance, non-personnel costs and travel expenses.

Target Group

advanced Master's students and doctoral candidates (junior researchers) or researchers of post-doctoral or professorial level (experienced researchers) mainly from East-Central European countries and Western Europe (excluding Germany) doing research on East-Central European history

Academic Requirements

degree course or doctorate and/or post-doctoral lecture qualification

Number of Scholarships

about 30 scholarships each year


junior researchers: up to one month; experienced researchers: up to three months

Scholarship Value

  • monthly base amount of EUR 1,400 for junior researchers and of EUR 1,600 for experienced researchers
  • contribution towards health insurance: maximum of EUR 35 per month
  • allowance for non-personnel costs: EUR 50 per month
  • reimbursement of travel expenses (second class rail fare)

Application Papers

application forms and further information on the application procedure here

Application Deadline

For placements between January and June, applications must be submitted by 30 June of the year before the placement. For placements between July and December, the deadline for applications is 31 December of the year prior to the placement.

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