Announcement Helga-Raddatz-Scholarship

The Neanderthal Museum at the legendary site is dedicated to the mediation of human evolution. In cooperation with the NRW-Foundation, it announces the Helga-Raddatz-Scholarship. The full-time scholarship is intended to enable the applicant to write a dissertation with a focus on prehistoric archaeology (Paleolithic / Mesolithic) or paleoanthropology. Interdisciplinary questions as well as a reference to socially relevant topics such as migration and climate change are desirable, which can be integrated into museum education and science communication.

We offer

• The funding period is three years.
• The basic monthly scholarship amount is 1,800 euros, plus a family allowance of 600 euros for one child and 200 euros for each additional child. The family supplement is granted until the child reaches the age of 18.
• Travel and material expenses as required (to be shown in the application)
• If required, a workspace in the Neanderthal Museum will be provided.
• Possibility of publishing the dissertation in the scientific series of the Neanderthal Museum.

Application documents

• Exposé of the PhD project with focus on prehistoric archaeology (Paleolithic / Mesolithic) or paleoanthropology (max. 8 pages incl. summary of half a page and bibliography).
• Time and work plan (max. 2 pages)
• Detailed cost breakdown of the travel and material costs likely to be incurred
• Curriculum vitae in tabular form
• Certificate(s) of the university degree
• Two expert reports providing information on the applicant's qualifications and on the quality of the doctoral project. These have to be sent directly to the Neanderthal Museum by the authors.
• The application documents and expert reports are to be submitted in German or English.

Decision criteria

• Duration and course of studies
• Final grade and special qualifications
• Age max. 28 years, but second education, child education, military service, professional experience after graduation and other special life circumstances are taken into account.

In addition, we expect

• Regular cooperation with the public relations department of the Neanderthal Museum as well as participation in the science communication of the museum.
• If applicable, collaboration on a script for an exhibition concept based on the research results in the third year.


The administration of the scholarships and the support of the scholarship holders are carried out by the Neanderthal Museum Foundation.
We look forward to receiving your application by July 31, 2022 and are very interested in diverse applicants. Please send us your complete application documents exclusively by mail to