Scholars at Risk Travel Grants

Special Gerda Henkel Travel Grants for Memory Scholars at Risk 

The MSA is happy to announce that we can provide a limited number of Special Travel Grants - the Gerda Henkel Travel Grants – for memory scholars at risk who want to give papers at or just attend the 2023 MSA Conference in Newcastle. The grants have the purpose of supporting colleagues who seek academic refuge. We have a total of 4000 euros that can be used to fund two or three travel grants, depending on where the scholars are coming from. The special travel grant would give them the chance to leave their risk situation by attending the conference. In addition, the grants are linked to a subsequent two-month Gerda Henkel Fellowship at a European host institution. The MSA is in contact with several institutions in Europe who are willing to host an MSA Fellow at Risk for at least two months after the 2023 conference in Newcastle. Both the travel grants and the fellowships are entirely funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

For more information about the Fellowship program:


Applications not exceeding 3000 words in total should contain the following:

  1. the title/abstract of your accepted paper in case of giving a paper
  2. a description of the perilous situation of the Fellow, including a paragraph addressing your financial situation
  3. a description of the potential memory related project to be carried out by the Fellow during the two-month stay at the host institution;
  4. short bio of the memory scholar in peril.

The application (one document in pdf) should be sent to the following email address:


The deadline to apply for the Gerda Henkel Travel Grants for Memory Scholars at Risk is Monday 27 March 2023.

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