Gerda Henkel Prize

Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO). Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity.

Program Summary

The Gerda Henkel Prize was set up in 2006 and is awarded every two years to excellent and internationally acclaimed researchers who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement in the disciplines and funding areas supported by the Foundation and can be expected to continue to do so.

Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the following fields:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Historical Islamic Studies
  • Art History
  • History of Law
  • Prehistory and Early History
  • History of Science


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST December 18, 2023

Sponsor Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Recommendation letter (2 pages maximum): The support letter should be from a chair, dean or director and include the nominee(s) most important academic publications from the last five years. Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • Nominee(s) Curriculum/Curricula Vitae

To access the online application, visit:


The Foundation invites scholars of universities worldwide, as well as renowned cultural and academic institutions, and calls on scholars in these institutions to nominate suitable candidates. The prize is open to scholars from all countries. Individuals as well as teams of several researchers can be nominated. Self-nominations are not allowed.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Each institution or individual may only nominate one candidate.

Award Information

The Gerda Henkel Prize is worth 100,000 euros. The prize money may be used at the winner’s discretion. The ceremonial address is expected to be published within six months at the latest.