Heigl Foundation


June 25, 1992 by Prof. Dr. med. Annelise Heigl-Evers, died on January 1, 2002 and Prof. Franz S. Heigl, Göttingen,
died on August 18, 2001

Foundation goal:
Support of scientific research in the field of psychotherapeutic medicine, under the aspects of psychoanalysis

Board of trustees:
Eduard H. Dörrenberg, Chairman
President of the Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der HHU

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anja Steinbeck, Vice President
Rector of Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr. Cord Benecke, Kassel

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Franz, Düsseldorf

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Frommer, Magdeburg

Prof. Dr. med. Gereon Heuft, Münster

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans-Christoph Friederich, Düsseldorf


Heigl Award

The Heigl Foundation grants an annual award of € 10,000. The award is presented for empirical or conceptual work in the field of psychotherapy research and was granted by the founders Annelise Heigl-Evers and Franz Seraph Heigl - awarding institution: Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der HHU for Heigl-Stiftung, Düsseldorf. 

About the Heigl Award (link)

Personal data of the donor couple Heigl

Prof. Dr. Annelise Heigl-Evers
Born on April 19, 1921 in Einbeck.
1938 Abitur.
Medical studies in Jena, Tübingen, Gießen and Göttingen.
1944 graduation to the Doctor of Medicine.
At first, she worked as a cardiologist, then as a psychosomatics specialist in Münster am Stein.
Move to the Tiefenbrunn clinic near Göttingen, a specialist clinic for psychogenic and psychosomatic illnesses.
From 1971 Head of the Department of Clinical Psychotherapy and from 1973 Head of the Department of
Continuing Education, Documentation and Research. From 1974 to 1977 Head of the Research Unit for
Group Processes in Göttingen. Also appointed Scientific Councillor and Professor at the University of Göttingen in 1974.
From 1977 full professor at the University of Düsseldorf (today: Heinrich-Heine-Universität) and director of
the psychotherapy clinic there. 
Research on Crohn's disease, early childhood disorders and their effects on the adult personality, addiction,
the psychology of femininity, the history and theoretical problems of psychoanalysis, ethical problems of
psychotherapy and the psychology of affects.

Author of a textbook on psychotherapy.

Emeritus in 1986, management of the clinic until 1989.

Since 1992 holder of the Federal Cross of Merit.

Died on January 1, 2002 in Göttingen.

Franz Heigl 
Born on July 11, 1920 in Munich, studied medicine there, graduated in 1951.
At first he worked in pathological anatomy, then trained as a psychoanalyst in Munich and Berlin.
1954 Co-founder of the Göttingen Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
1959 marriage of Franz Heigl and Annelise Heigl-Evers.
Joint development of the Göttingen model of group psychoanalysis.
1971 to 1985 Director of the Lower Saxony State Hospital in Tiefenbrunn.
1975 appointed honorary professor at the University of Göttingen. Together with others he founded the
"International Association of Psychoanalytic Societies".
Research on the treatment of neglected adolescents and on learning processes in psychoanalytic therapy. 

Died on August 18, 2001 in Göttingen.

Criteria for the allocaction of funds by the Heigl-Stiftung

1.    Applications must be submitted by each applicant by e-mail in a single pdf file containing all sub-documents
(cover letter, CV, application, annexes, etc.). The file name should begin with the applicant's surname.
Applications should be sent by email by October 31, 2019 at the latest, together with the applicant's curriculum vitae,
to the Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der HHU, Management:
Irene Schrader, Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf, Tel. (0211) 81-10338, Fax (0211) 81-10309,
e-mail info@unifreunde-duesseldorf.de.
2.    The appraisals shall be carried out by the scientific members of the board of trustees. If applications are submitted byone of the institutions whose head is a member of the board of trustees, the latter must abstain from voting in the later vote.
3.    The appraisals are carried out in accordance with the objectives of the Heigl-Stiftung and the formal quality requirements of DFG proposals.
4.    The Foundation's resources are mainly used for the start-up financing of projects.
5.    The upper limit for individual support is € 20,000.
6.    The decision on the allocation of funds shall be made by the board of trustees after appropriate discussion and ranking of the available applications.