Since 2018, the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad (MWS) – awards travel grants once a year (for three years to begin with), with the support of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The grants will be awarded to scientists (doctoral and post-doctoral) from sinology or related subjects, whose professional qualification phase is concerned with Chinese history, language or culture in the broadest sense and for whose research a stay in China is indispensable.
Every year, two travel grants will be awarded for a period of research of up to three months, for the purposes of fieldwork, archive and/or library research in China, preferably in Peking.
The persons chosen to receive the grants can get organisational/administrative and academic support in Peking, within the scope of the resources available. The MWS China office in Peking, which was set up in 2017, relies on cooperation with the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) and the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Together, EFEO and MWS make up the Europäisches Zentrum für China-Studien [European Centre for Chinese Studies] in Peking. They arrange contacts in Chinese, French and German humanities and social sciences, conduct basic research and hold events.
The support payments are based on the rates of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and cover:
Applications are accepted from highly qualified sinologists, as well as humanities and social science scholars (most recent degree at least masters, MA, Staatsexamen or bachelor’s degree) of any nationality, whose professional qualification phase is concerned with Chinese history, language or culture in the broadest sense and who can present a research plan for their stay in China. Adequate language skills that are necessary for conducting the research project are also required. An affiliation to a university or (research) institution in the German-speaking area should be given.
All application documents must be submitted in German or English. A full application includes the following information:
The deadline for applications is 18 October 2019.
Please send your application, using the relevant form, by email to: china(at)maxweberstiftung.de.
Information on how to send your application data to us in encrypted form can be found here: https://www.maxweberstiftung.de/en/foerderung/verschluesselung.html
Information is available from Hanna Pletziger at china(at)maxweberstiftung.de or by telephone on +49 (228) 377 86-38.