Research funding

The BGHS offers a comprehensive programme of individual measures to fund research by its (post)doctoral researchers. These measures run the gamut from reimbursement of travel costs for field research and trips to conferences and grants for the proofreading of academic texts up to teaching assistantships. More information can be found here.

Research costs

Every BGHS member can be reimbursed for research costs to realise her or his project. Doctoral researchers can be reimbursed for an annual maximum total of EUR 1,500, while the funding sum during the whole doctoral programme may not exceed EUR 2,500. The equivalent amount for postdoctoral fellows is an annual maximum total of EUR 1,000 and during the whole project phase a maximum total of EUR 1,500. Financial aid can be granted for: archival or field research trips, reproductions and transcriptions. In case of field or archival research trips applications for reimbursement must be sent in at least four weeks before departure. Reimbursement is made by the central university administration and takes around four weeks. Due to university billing and accounting policy, only invoices from professional editors and proofreaders will be accepted. Costs for transcription by fellow students, for example, can not be reimbursed.

Costs for congress and conference travel

For congress and conference trips, every BGHS member can be reimbursed for an annual maximum total of EUR 700. The maximum total reimbursement during the whole doctoral programme is EUR 2,100, the equivalent amount for postdoctoral fellows should not exceed EUR 1,400. The reimbursement will cover travel and accommodation expenses only. Congress and conference travel expenses can only be reimbursed in case of active participation (paper or poster presentation). Active participation has to be proved in advance, usually by attaching the programme. Applications for reimbursement must be sent in at least four weeks before departure. Reimbursement is made by the central university administration and takes around four weeks.

Proofreading academic texts

Every doctoral researcher can be reimbursed for a maximum total of EUR 500 for the costs of proofreading his or her research project. These may be editorial costs incurred at publication of your dissertation, or costs incurred for the professional editing of articles that appeared in journals. Due to university billing and accounting policy, only invoices from professional editors and proofreaders will be accepted. Reimbursement will be made by the central university administration and takes around four weeks.

Language classes

All doctoral researchers who have no or only a slight knowledge of German may attend up to two language classes in German free of cost while they are at the BGHS. The language classes are offered within the university system by PunktUm . Students may register at the PunktUm office, fees for the course will be charged directly to the BGHS. Doctoral candidates who must acquire foreign language skills for their dissertation project should contact the BGHS administration. Whether the BGHS can support these researchers and how will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Please clarify in advance of registration whether or not reimbursement by the BGHS is possible. Doctoral researchers who need special language skills for their dissertation project can be reimbursed a maximum total of EUR 500 for further education serving this purpose.

Other courses and trainings

Every doctoral candidate can apply for the reimbursement of costs not exceeding a maximum total of EUR 500 incurred for courses that are essential to the completion of his or her doctoral project and are not offered in the BGHS degree programme. Whether the BGHS can support these researchers and how will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Please clarify in advance of registration whether or not reimbursement by the BGHS is possible.




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