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Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies

Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies are a special type of funding instrument specifically tailored to the working methods used in the humanities and social sciences.

A Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies enables particularly distinguished researchers to collaborate for the purposes of further developing a research topic in the humanities and social sciences in a certain location.

The aim here is to tackle a topic so broadly defined that it ties into existing interests and strengths at the site, while remaining capable of providing a framework for the integration of different individual research concepts.

As special places for research in the area of the humanities and social sciences, Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies may achieve their specific profiles and attractiveness by, in particular, deliberately adopting comparatively open-ended approaches or a decidedly experimental character. No thematic orientation is specified. Interdisciplinarity is not absolutely necessary.

The programme in brief

The key characteristics of Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies are

  • intensive independent research usually performed by 2-3 responsible researchers – where applicable, made possible through leave of absence – and
  • a fellow programme for visiting researchers from Germany and abroad; these visiting researchers are to be invited for periods of up to two years and will maintain links with the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies once their visit is over.

The funding period is up to eight years. The proposal process is a multi-stage one. Draft proposals are accepted on the basis of a call for proposals.

Once an advisory group has selected the most promising proposals, applicants are requested to draw up a full proposal.