The BGHS provides financial support for its members' research projects to the extent its budget permits. Travel costs for participating in conferences and conducting research as well as costs for editing scientific texts can be reimbursed through the end of 2018. Support for events such as workshops is also available. The BGHS is attempting to continue providing funding of its own after 2018 and provides advice about support available from Bielefeld University and other funding organisations.
The funding amounts are guide values only and relate to the entire period of doctoral studies at the BGHS. The BGHS endeavours to respond to the specific needs of the BGHS members, taking into account its budgetary situation at the time. At the same time, however, the Graduate School reserves its right to reject applications for budgetary reasons or in cases of noncompliance with the reporting obligations (see Supervision Agreement). In cases where financial support is granted, the reimbursement of expenses is effected by the central administration of the University Bielefeld and will take a minimum of four to six weeks.
The BGHS supports trips to conferences and archives, field research trips as well as workshops, language courses and costs of transcriptions and reproductions but only within the six to eight semesters of the standard length of doctoral studies. With part-time doctoral students, the period of support extends to up to ten semesters.
Editorial support and career bridging scholarships may, however, also be requested after the standard period of studies. In substantiated cases and subject to its budgetary situation, the BGHS supports its doctoral students also beyond the standard period of doctoral studies.
Since the Research Training Groups and other third-party financed research projects have funds of their own to support travel for conducting research and attending conferences, doctoral researchers should give priority to those funding opportunities. However, the BGHS encourages doctoral researchers working in research projects funded by third parties to apply for self-organised workshops and to participate in organising the Annual Seminar.