BGSMCS Doctoral Grants, Scholars in the humanities Germany, 2018

Scholarships: The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies are offering grants for PhD students to apply for its doctoral programme, which is to begin on 1 October 2018.

Host College/University: The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) investigate the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. The area of study includes Muslim societies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia as well as Muslim communities in Europe and North America.

Degree level/ Field of Study: Grants are available to pursue doctoral programme.

Number of Scholarships: Up to ten scholarships are available.

Available Subject: The Graduate School is a joint project of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, which brings together scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and area studies.

Nationalities: International students are eligible to apply for this grant.

Scholarship Benefits: Three scholarships for candidates in history and cultural studies will be funded by Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Two further positions for PhD students with Chinese citizenship are available through the cooperation of the Chinese Scholarship Council and Freie Universität Berlin’s Beijing Office (FU-CSC PhD Scholarship). Funding for more scholarships is currently pending approval. Candidates with a fellowship or grant by a third party are also encouraged to apply. If admitted, they will be full members of the Graduate School with access to all services offered by the School’s administration and the Dahlem Research School. All doctoral researchers admitted to the Graduate School will receive a travel allowance. Their first supervisors must be Principal Investigators at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies.

Eligibility Criteria: The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. Applications with a focus on strategies for negotiating diversity, difference, and distinction, both among Muslims and between Muslims and non-Muslims are especially encouraged. Successful applicants will have a master’s degree in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School (Arabic Studies, Central Asian Studies, History, History of Islamic Art, Human Geography, Islamic Studies, Political Science, Semitic Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology, South and Southeast Asian Studies, Southeast European History), with a ranking, where applicable, of above average. Our language of instruction and communication is English.

As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at BGSMCS, students are expected to have advanced English-language proficiency.

Applying procedure Instructions: The complete application package must be submitted, compiled into one PDF file via e-mail.

The application package includes the following documents:

  • Completed and signed application form;
  • Outline of the dissertation project (up to 6 pages, with a brief summary);
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Certified copies of degrees received;
  • Proof of proficiency in English (native speakers of English or applicants who have graduated from an English-speaking university in a country with English as an official language are exempt from this verification);
  • Evidence of proficiency in the language(s) relevant to the dissertation project;
  • Two letters of recommendation must be emailed by the applicant’s referees directly to BGSMCS assigned electronic letters.

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Scholarship Deadline: January 31, 2018

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