DAAD-GSSP Doctoral Scholarships in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2018

Scholarship Description:

The Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Heidelberg University (HGGS), in cooperation with the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) is awarding Doctoral Scholarships to highly motivated, excellent PhD candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. The HGGS also invites at this time also applications for Graduate Membership.

Host College/University:

The University of Heidelberg sees itself as a research university with international appeal. In addition to developing its disciplinary strengths, Ruperto Carola initiates the dialogue across traditional subject boundaries. Numerous intellectuals have studied, researched and taught at Ruperto Carola. Thus the oldest German university decisively shaped science and society since its establishment in the year 1386.

Degree level:

Scholarships are available to pursue doctoral degree programme.

Field of Study:

Scholarships are awarded in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Scholarship Award: 

The doctoral scholarships of € 1.200 Euros per month with additional benefits are intended for international applicants and have 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.


  •  International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Two doctoral scholarships are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Germany.

Eligibility Criteria:

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 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.

English Language Requirements: 

Applicants must have 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.

Applying procedure Instructions:

How to Apply: Application and required documents:

a) Completed cover page
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) The 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.

Scholarship Official Web Links:

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Scholarship Deadline:

October 31, 2018.

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