Mobility grants for research trips abroad

The Graduate School awards grants for research trips abroad. BGHS doctoral researchers could apply for a mobility grant for a few months to help finance research at a foreign university or at a research institute outside the university system to further their doctoral project and build lasting contacts to international researchers.


Mobility grants are awarded for periods from three to six months. Shorter trips are not possible.


During their stay, doctoral researchers receive a stipend of EUR 1,200 per month. In addition the BGHS pays a foreign allowances, which is approximately based on the German Research Foundation (DFG) rules.
Doctoral position holders of the BGHS will receive during their stay at the JHU in addition to their salary an international per diem which is approximately based on the recommended rates.
The trip to and from Bielefeld/Batlimore also will be reimbursed up to EUR 700 upon submission of travel receipts.

Application deadlines

Application deadlines are 15 January, 15 May and 15 September, no later than two months before the departure. Applying for the mobility grant on 15 January the journey can be startet earliest on 15 March, applying for 15 May, the journey can be startet earliest on 15 July and applying for 15 September, the journey can be startet earliest on 15 November.

Application documents

The following documents must be submitted to the BGHS office upon application:

  • Covering letter of 400 to 800 words (highlighting in particular opportunities for networking at the foreign institution as opposed to a research/archive trip alone)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement by your primary supervisor
  • Invitation from a researcher at the foreign university or research institute
  • Detailed work schedule and time frame for the duration of the trip (in concurrence with the person extending the invitation)
  • Confirmation by the host institute that a work station and computer will be available for the duration of your stay
  • Cost calculation (travel costs, accommodation expenses, registration fee if applicable, health insurance, e.g.)

The complete set of application documents may be submitted to the BGHS office The BGHS Executive Board will approve mobility grants based on budget availability.



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