Introducing the Academic Research Grant

To deepen our understanding of the history and aftermath of the Holocaust and the politics of memory as well as to research and address antisemitism, racism and violence in the 20th and 21st century, the Alfred Landecker Foundation is funding a small number of outstanding major research projects every year.

The Academic Council advises the foundation team in the selection process and makes funding recommendations.

Funding criteria:

  1. We support outstanding, cutting-edge research by individuals or research groups on the history and aftermath of the Holocaust and its memory and the study of antisemitism, racism and violence in the 20th and 21st century. These topics have to be combined with innovative approaches that relate to present-day challenges regarding the politics of memory, and democracy. We also welcome proposals that include innovative digital methods for educating and imparting knowledge on these topics.
  2. We invite projects from the humanities and social sciences. Ideally, synergies arise with other programs or projects funded by the Alfred Landecker Foundation.
  3. Impact-oriented communication is an important part of all our activities. Therefore, we ask that all submitted proposals place a special focus on the dissemination of research results to professional audiences and the general public.
  4. Funding is provided for major research projects and research-based exhibition projects for up to five years.
  5. We fund research projects with a budget ideally between 300,000 and 600,000 euros. Applications with a budget below 100,000 euros cannot be considered under any circumstances.
  6. The supported projects become part of the Alfred Landecker Community and should therefore be committed to the same values. We assume a willingness to share relevant outcomes of the project within this community and to become part of a larger network.
  7. We do not fund sole infrastructure or expenditures for travel, conferences, translation or printing costs unless these occur in the context of a larger funded research project.
  8. Generally, we do not provide funding for individual doctoral students or award academic scholarships besides our Alfred Landecker Lecturer Program.
  9. The lead applicant needs to hold a PhD or equivalent and needs to be based at a university or research institution or at a relevant museum or memorial site in Europe (including non-EU countries) or Israel.
  10. In a first stage, project applicants submit the filled-out cover sheet, a short project description (max. 2500 characters incl. spaces) in English including a budget estimation compiled in one PDF-document to with the subject line “Application for Academic Research Grant”. In a second stage, in case of positive initial assessment, the applicants are invited to submit a detailed proposal.
  11. Funding decisions regarding detailed proposals are made once a year, usually in fall. The deadline for the start of the selection process (this means the submission of the first project description) is always July 15 of each year.

Explore what we do

Confront the past

Combat antisemitism

Protect minorities

Strengthen democracy

Reinforce critical thinking

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