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M4HUMAN — Result In Brief

Project ID: 267213
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: Germany

International mobility for humanities research

Enhancing two existing international fellowship programmes of the Gerda Henkel Foundation (GHF) made a strategic impact in supporting international research mobility in the fields of historical humanities and Islamic studies.
International mobility for humanities research
International fellowships for research scholars can boost trans-national mobility and increase the number of experienced fellows. An EU-funded project, M4HUMAN (Mobility for experienced researchers in historical humanities including Islamic studies) is a programme that focused on supporting outstanding scholars in two areas. One was in historical humanities and the other in Islamic studies. Both areas have a high demand for fellowships.

Aims included increasing networking between researchers internationally in the area of historical humanities. This spanned religious, cultural and political sciences. It also sought to promote transnational academic exchange, boost international mobility and facilitate further education which can have a positive impact on the research environment. Besides being academically suited, applicants needed to be mobile in order to receive the 24-month research grants.

Once the researchers were selected, they were designated as leads in creating a plan for personal training and career development. Fellows were required to submit interim and final reports and they were evaluated bi-annually. The fellows used the interactive international science portal known as L.I.S.A. to allow for easy access and transfer of knowledge.

Results were successful in internationalising and optimising internal processes and work flows to help the fellows. Numerous experienced researchers were able to make a quantifiable and societal value added impact in research. There was an increase in fellows in both the historical sciences and Islamic studies. Both incoming and outgoing fellows benefited in various ways and increased their employability by boosting their career development through personal, scientific-technical, social and soft skills.

The work can serve as a model for future launching of transnational projects together with co-operating foundations from the EU or other international organisations. Studying humanities is beneficial for a better cultural understanding and learning about commonalities and differences between cultures.

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International fellowships, research scholars, trans-national mobility, historical humanities, Islamic studies
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