Research grants are awarded for running research costs, in special cases also for apparatus, and for research assistants. The main principle is, that graduate students apply themselves for a grant from the foundation. Research assistants are understood to be undergraduate students who during the summer months or beside their studies participate in a research project and gain research experience relevant for their studies. The research grant is at most about 20 000 € per year. The Walter and Lisi Wahl fond grants one or two apparatus grants, maximally about 10 000 €.
Personal allowances are awarded to persons who wish to take a leave of absence from their work to be able to do full time research or who for some other reason do not have a salary. Persons who recently have obtained their PhD may apply for a postdoctoral scholarship. The purpose of a postdoctoral scholarship is to enable the grantee to further develop as a researcher. The postdoctoral scholarship is 29 000 € per annum in 2020. The amount is decided annually by the granting committee. The amount of the preceeding year, or the amount of this year if indicated, should be indicated in the application. It is possible upon application to get an extension of the postdoctoral grant twice. If the grant is not received by the end of the calendar year following the year the grant was awarded, it is forfeited to the Foundation.
Applicants for a postdoctoral scholarship may also apply for support for research related costs and travel. A separate application for these purposes must be made.
The graduate student stipend can be awarded for a period of one year or a half year, preferably for the period 1.7. – 30.6. or 1.7. – 31.12. to a student who has been accepted by the university as a doctoral student. The stipend can be awarded conditionally to a student about to graduate. The stipend is paid when the student has graduated and presented proof of acceptance in the doctoral program. The stipend is given to cover the costs of living during the study period. It is possible upon application to get an extension twice. If the grant is not accepted by the end of the calendar year following the year the grant was awarded, it is forfeited to the Foundation.
The grantee is not allowed to have a salaried job during the time he/she lives on the stipend. However, performing duties such as a teaching assistant for a few hours per week is allowed, even for a salary from the department, as it can be considered as a part of the academic education, if it does not interfere with the main task, which is working towards the PhD.
A statement from the supervisor and (if the application is for renewal of the stipend) a progress report are essential for the evaluation of the application. To an application for a graduate student stipend must in addition to the statement of the supervisor be attached a transcript of the study records and an affirmation by the department head that the necessary infrastructure for the work is available. The application must show that the doctoral work can be completed under competent supervision and guidance.
The graduate student scholarship is 24 000 € per annum in 2020. The amount is decided annually by the granting committee. The amount of the preceding year, or the amount of this year if indicated, should be given in the application.
Applicants for a graduate student stipend may also apply for support for research related costs and travel. A separate application for these purposes must be made.
Leaders of research groups may also apply for larger project support that can be divided over a period of two to three years. The annual support is at most approximately 20 000 €.
Letters of recommendation from at least two internationally recognised outstanding researchers familiar with the field but not directly connected with the project must be submitted with such an application. The project grants are awarded for one year at a time. Continuation of the support is granted upon application, the decision being based on the progress report included with the application.
Travel grants are awarded for participation in conferences and for visits or longer stays at universities and research institutions. Support is granted for tickets, hotel or accommodation costs, conference fees and reasonable food and other expenses during the stay. Per Diem is not granted.