Professor Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Graf (50), Protestant Theology, University of Augsburg (DM 1.5 million)
Friedrich Wilhelm Graf read theology and history in Wuppertal, Tübingen and Munich; after having obtained his Ph.D. he was a Heisenberg Fellow and a Fiebiger Professor. He held a C4 professorship in Hamburg and since 1996 has been teaching Protestant theology at the University of Augsburg, focusing on systematic theology and current theological issues. Being an expert in systematic theology and a historian of theology, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf is one of the most productive representatives of his discipline in his generation.
As his work combines theological subjects with perspectives of social and political history, it overcomes the narrowing down of church history to the history of thought that has prevailed so far, thus contributing to a changed understanding of theology in the modern context. The central figure in the thinking and research of Friedrich Wilhelm Graf is the theologian and cultural philosopher Ernst Troeltsch; by publishing a complete edition of Troeltsch's work he has taken a fresh approach to his ideas and concepts. Friedrich Wilhelm Graf is the first theologian to receive the Leibniz Prize.
Professor Dr. Ulrich Herbert (47), Modern and Contemporary History, University of Freiburg (DM 1.5 million)
Ulrich Herbert read history, German language and literature as well as ethnology
and taught at a grammar school before he obtained his Ph.D. in Essen in 1985 and
seven years later qualified for a professorship. From 1992 to 1995 he was the
director of the Forschungsstelle für die Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus
(Research Centre for the History of
Contact: Dr. Eva-Maria Streier