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The Helmuth Plessner Gesellschaft has set up a fellowship for researchers who wish to study the archive of the German philosopher and sociologist Helmut Plessner, which is managed by the Special Collections Department of the University Library. Applications for reimbursement of the travel and accommodation expenses of researchers from outside Groningen can be submitted to the Gesellschaft.

Helmuth Plessner
Helmuth Plessner
The Helmuth Plessner-Fund

The main purpose of the Helmuth Plessner Fund is to support research into the Plessner archives in the Special Collections at the University of Groningen Library. Research into other archives in Groningen holding Plessner-related material may also be considered.

The aim of the Fund is achieved by 1) paying for travel to Groningen (i.e. the sum of tickets at a reasonable rate, for example second-class train-tickets and economy-class flights) and 2) paying for lodging in Groningen for up to one month at a reasonable price.

With regard to an application, a research proposal of up to two pages has to be submitted to the president of the Helmuth Plessner Society. The president circulates applications among the members of the Executive Commitee and reaches a decision concerning the acceptance or decline of applications together with the other members of the Committee. Applicants’ proposals should outline the purpose of their research (in content and form) and include an estimate of the costs of travel and accommodation.

During or after their research stay, grant holders are expected to present his/her findings to an interested public in Groningen by means of a lecture, a blog-post or in any other way agreed upon by the Head of the Special Collections at the University of Groningen Library. In addition, grant holders have to publish their findings to a broader academic audience in a suitable way (e.g. a book, a journal, article or – if this is not possible – a text for the page of the Helmuth Plessner Society). Grant holders are required to mention the support received from the Plessner-Fund in the acknowledgments in compliance with general academic custom and to submit their publication to the president of the Helmuth Plessner Society who passes it on to the Head of the Special Collections at the University of Groningen Library and informs the members of the Executive Commitee.

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