To mark its 150th anniversary, Continental has launched the Siegmund Seligmann Scholarship. The background to this is also the previous reappraisal of the company’s Nazi-era past. The goal of the scholarship is to make the lessons learned from the company’s past a firmly established part of its corporate culture. It is named after Siegmund Seligmann, who shaped Continental between 1879 and 1925 into a modern and globally positioned major corporation.
The focus of the Siegmund Seligmann Scholarship is on graduate funding, preferably in the context of a doctorate.
Research projects dealing with the corporate history of Continental, its subsidiaries or their economic sectors are eligible for funding. Projects oriented toward economic and social history, for example on the overall economic environment of these companies from a local or global historical perspective, can also be funded.
Young historians who pursue an innovative research project in the aforementioned field of research are eligible to apply.
The scholarship is academically linked to the Department of German and European Contemporary History (Prof. Cornelia Rauh) at Leibniz University Hanover (LUH).
The scholarship holder will be given access to the Continental company archive for research purposes and a workstation in the LUH history department.
The scholarship is worth €50,000 and runs for two years.
After one year, the scholarship holder is required to submit a detailed interim report. The aim of the project is to publish the results.
Documents to be submitted:
- Five-page research proposal and timetable of the project
- University diploma(s)
- Letter of recommendation from supervising professor
Call for proposals: July 19, 2021
Application deadline: August 30, 2021
Start of funding: October 8, 2021