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Mobility Grants for Research Trips Abroad
Bielefeld University, Germany

Scholarship / Financial aid: EUR 1,300 / month

Date: three to six months

Deadline: May 15, 2011 / October 15, 2011

Open to: international researchers

Announcement follows

The Graduate School awards an annual budget of 36 months of grant in total for research trips abroad. BGHS doctoral candidates may 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. Longer field research and archive trips are not foreseen in this grant, the Graduate School has other financial assistance programmes for these purposes.


Mobility grants are awarded for periods from three to six months. Shorter trips are not possible. Scholarships under six months can in exceptional cases be extended to the full six months. In well-founded cases, the standard time to degree of three years may be extended for the period of the trip abroad.


Doctoral students who do not receive a doctoral scholarship by the BGHS can apply for a three to six months mobility grant. This grant contains a monthly payment of EUR 1,300. Doctoral students with a doctoral scholarship by the BGHS can apply for a three to six months increase of their doctoral scholarship according to German Research Foundation (DFG) rules.

Application deadlines

Application deadlines are as follows:

May 15, 2011 for a stay starting September 2011
October 15, 2011 for a stay starting January 2012
January 15, 2011 for a stay starting April 2012

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, registration fee if applicable, health insurance, etc.)

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


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