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Links and information regarding these various grants and prizes can be found below, under "THE ZKS-FOUNDATION'S GRANTS AND PRIZES"


More than 150 Grants and Awards - Environmental Engineering, Medieval Studies and Digital Humanities



he Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation was created in August 2005 in Geneva by Zeno Karl Schindler's daughter, Jacqueline C. Schindler, in the name and memory of her departed father, an eminent engineer in electronic engineering and former CEO of the Schindler Holding, Hergiswil (NW), Switzerland.

Its purpose is the encouragement, development and support of top research in the fields of engineering and environmental sciences as well as in the field of all medieval disciplines (languages and literature, philology, history, history of art, musicology, philosophy, theology, "Medieval Studies").

The latest addition: Digital Humanities, resulting of projects in both domains.




Zeno Karl Schindler

eno Karl Schindler was born in Toledo, USA, did his schooling up to the Bachelor degree in Switzerland, passed his Master degree in Electronic Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, USA. He stayed and worked in Argentina during the years of World War II and started as a mechanic at Schindler Lifts, Switzerland after the war. He was the General Manager of Schindler Germany during 20 years and had been, finally, the CEO and President of the Schindler Holding in Switzerland until he retired at the age of 70. His last years were overshadowed by an incurable illness.

Nevertheless, at the height of his professional curiosity, he had been very interested in the problems connected to the waste of fossil energy and their influence on the climates and ecological systems of our planet as well as in possible solutions through the utilization of renewable energies. Among his favorite hobbies were Ancient History and History of the Medieval Ages, which he very much enjoyed reading about and travelling for.



acqueline C. Schindler born in Berlin, Germany, did her schooling in Germany and Switzerland, studied Economics and Languages in Geneva and History of Art at NYU, New York, finished her Master degree in Medieval Languages and Literature at the Université de Genève, Geneva.

She created the Zeno Karl Schindler-Foundation in the name and memory of her beloved father in Geneva in August 2005 with the explicit wish to reunite in this way both their interests and promote research in both fields.

Jacqueline C. Schindler

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he Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation supports, encourages and develops top research in the fields of engineering and environmental sciences as well as of all medieval disciplines included in medieval studies. Because of projects in both domains, we now also include Digital Humanities.

The ZKS-Foundation realizes its aim principally by subsidizing research projects, by granting subsidies and scholarships to researchers and academics of any nationality that devote themselves to fore-mentioned fields of research. The Foundation also proceeds by granting prizes or other rewards for new and important research work in both domains. The ZKS-Foundation can also donate to universities of all countries for their needs in research equipment as well as support conferences and other scientific meetings.

The ZKS-Foundation is managed by a Foundation Council which consists of five members one of whom is the Founder; the other four members being two representatives of the Université de Genève, Geneva, and another two of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Lausanne.

The Foundation Board has all necessary decisional powers to ensure the realization of the Foundation's purposes.

It can, nevertheless, call on external specialists. As any other foundation, the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation is subject to the control by the Swiss Federal Office of Foundations’ Supervision.




he Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation has existed now for a decade. Since its beginnings more than 120 grants, prizes and other research projects have been developed.

For more actualities visit our ZKS Foundation's blog. Alternatively, Jacqueline C Schindler has started a Facebook page and a Linkedin page and is looking forward to receive your news and comments.


For the detail and procedure of grants, prizes as well as for any other question of subsidies, please click on the corresponding link here-after:


Master Thesis Grant

Doctoral Exchange Grant

Summerschool Grant

ZKS/SAGG Award in German Medieval Literature

ZKS/Walter Haug Stipend (Medieval German)

ZKS/Claudio Leonardi Stipend (Medieval Latin)

ZKS/EPFL Award in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

ZKS/MINIARE Fellowship

ZKS/TRAME Fellowship (for the development of TRAME)




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re you worried about the future of our planet?

The well-being of the environment and global warming are top priorities to the missions of the Foundation.

This is the reason for its link with the EPFL (see its special web sites on doctoral programs on the environment or their energy center). Thus, the ZKS Foundation is glad to accept and manage donations specifically earmarked on the environment and on global climate change.

Alternatively, are you fascinated by the origins of our language, captivated by the artistic and scientific treasures of the Middle Ages?

The Foundation's special link with the Geneva University serves as a basis for the promotion of research in this field.

Hence, please help our researchers with their quite various projects via the ZKS Foundation! The Swiss Federal Office of Supervision of Foundations controls the running of the ZKS Foundation; an internationally distinguished private Bank manages with the required prudence and according to the Foundation’s statutes the funds.

The Foundation's funds consist in the capital of equipment at the moment of its Constitution, its revenues (minus payments of the benefits and the operating expenses).

The founder herself contributes regularly with supplementary funds; friends and family members recently made other donations.

The parents of one of our Summerschool students have made a very encouraging donation most recently. Nevertheless, the founder looks forward to other givers donating, whose donations or promises will be mentioned on this web site according to their desire (click on Donation Promise). EVERY LITTLE HELPS!


Donators domiciled in Switzerland can deduce the amount of the donation from their taxable income. In most of the other European countries and in the USA, donations to non-profit institutions whose purpose is of common interest are tax deductible.



Link for donation document.


Addresses of Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation:


Head office:

Fondation Zeno Karl Schindler

c/o Vistra Geneva SA

Place de Chevelu, 6

Case postale 5491

1211 Genève 11 (Switzerland)

(Please don't send any applications to this address!)



Postal addresses (general information and applications):


Jacqueline C. Schindler

Presidency ZKS - Foundation

Seerosenweg 6

6052 Hergiswil (Switzerland)



Patrizia Ronconi

Secretariat/Administration ZKS-Foundation

Via Tesserete 8

6945 Origlio (Switzerland)


Or send an email to:


Medieval Languages and Literature/Medieval Studies:

Prof. Dr. René Wetzel

Département de langue et littérature allemande

Faculté des Lettres

Université de Genève


Genève 4 (Switzerland)


Engineering and Environmental Sciences:

Prof. Andreas Mortensen

EPFL – STI – IMX – LMM, MXD 140 (Bâtiment MX)

Station 12, CH - 1015

Lausanne (Switzerland)



Ecole polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne -

Université de Genève, Genève -

Université de Lausanne -

Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Lugano -

Universität Luzern, Luzern -



Massachussets Institute of Technology , Cambridge, USA -

Ressources for Medieval Studies -

Projet HyperCodex - www.unige/lettres/mela/recherche/Hypercodex.html

Universität Basel, Alte Musik (Schola Cantorum Basilensis), Basel -

Gregorianik (Uni Luzern) -






Fondazione Angelo Dalle Molle, Lugano -

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn (D) -

Fondation Université de Fribourg, Fribourg -

Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo, Florence -

Fondazione Centro Italiano di Studi sull'Alto Medioevo, Spoleto, I -

Collegium Romanicum -

Schweizerische Akademische Gesellschaft für Germanistik -

Schweizerische National Bibliotek (Literaturarchiv), Bern -

Fonds National Suisse de Recherche -

Fondazione Ezio Franceschini,

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