The Foundation supports higher education, institutions or projects serving the common good, and scientific research, by granting stipends to individuals, work groups or organisations. Foreign citizens are also eligible.

In even-numbered years (e.g. 2018, 2020, 2022 etc.) the stipends are granted for scientific research, in odd-numbered years (e.g. 2019, 2021, 2023 etc.) for higher education and the common good.

General instructions for 2018

In 2018, a total sum of 1 million euros will be granted for scientific research. Applicants should have at least a Master’s degree or other academic degree on a corresponding level. Stipends to be used as personal salary are granted for maximally six months. A half-year stipend is 13 000 euros for doctoral students and 15000 euros for postdoctoral workers, while shorter working grants are proportionally smaller.

The application period begins on 1st April and ends 30th April, 2018.

Applications are made and submitted electronically via this web service. (- Application), including all appendices (a short research plan of no more than 4 pages, project budget, CV), which are attached as electronic files. It is strongly recommended that applicants name 1-3 persons as references, including their e-mail addresses, to whom the application system will automatically send requests for recommendations.

A list of the stipends granted will be published on the Foundation’s web page on June 2nd, 2018. Recipients will then also be informed by letter. No advance notice on the funding decisions will be given.