PhD Scholarships (DAAD-GSSP)

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  • název organizace
    Heidelberg University
    Mobility Incoming
  • termín uzávěrky
    Social sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

The Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Heidelberg University (HGGS), in cooperation with the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP), invites applications for 2 Doctoral Scholarships.

We are looking for highly motivated, excellent PhD candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.

The HGGS provides a structured, interdisciplinary 3-year PhD programme in the Humanities and Social Sciences for the formation of excellent doctoral researchers. It fosters innovative, interdisciplinary research projects at Heidelberg University and offers its members a dynamic and collaborative research environment within a broad national and international network. HGGS members actively contribute to the exchange across the disciplines and benefit from a large selection of interdisciplinary seminars and expert courses in English and German. Thematically, the doctoral research projects at the HGGS focus on the clusters space-place-mobility”, “culture-identity-discourses”, “knowledge-norms-beliefs” or “individual and social regulations” as well as Field of Focus (FoF) 3:"Cultural dynamics in globalized worlds" and FoF 4: "Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organizations" at Heidelberg University.

Applicants must hold an M.A. or equivalent in one of the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences with an above-average grade (at least 1.7, 5.5, B+, 2+, “magna cum laude”, or similar). The transcript has to indicate at least four years of study at the university level. Excellent knowledge of English or German, in addition to a further language, is expected. Knowledge of German can be acquired or improved during the first year of the programme. Importantly, applicants are expected to contact a potential supervisor at Heidelberg University in order to discuss their research plans and to obtain a supervision agreement. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their projects to the Selection Committee at an interview in Heidelberg or via Skype.

The doctoral scholarships of € 1.200 Euros per month with additional benefits are intended for international applicants and have a duration of three years, upon approval of an annual report by the graduate scholar and his or her supervisor. The earliest starting date is 1 February 2019. Further details can be found on the DAAD website


Application and required documents:

a) Completed cover page (download HERE)

b) Letter of intention, with a brief description of the qualifications, academic objectives and the research project (max. 2 pages)

c) CV with information about the academic career, achieved grades, research projects and research experience, publications (if any)

d) Project description of max. 5 pages in German or English (including research plans and objectives, critical approach, data, methods, theoretical focus)

e) Timescale for the research project

f) Transcripts (Bachelor and Master)

g) Two letters of recommendation, using the DAAD form if you apply for a scholarship:


h) Written supervision agreement by a Professor or PD at Heidelberg University.

If you cannot secure a supervision agreement before the deadline, we will nonetheless accept your otherwise complete application and grant applicants time to secure the agreement.


Applications must be submitted electronically as ONE PDF file to the Academic Coordinator and Manager of the HGGS:

            Dr. Astrid Wind

            E-Mail: applications@hggs.uni-heidelberg.de


Please note:

The PDF document should be sent in this format: NAME_FirstName_HGGS2018.pdf

Your referees may email their letters to the HGGS: applications@hggs.uni-heidelberg.de

The deadline for the submission of all documents is 31 October 2018.


The University of Heidelberg has particular interest in supporting women and encourages them to apply for the announced positions. Applications from disabled candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference.



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