Germany : GPTS now welcomes applications for eight doctoral scholarships


Starting in October 2013, the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) will grant eight doctoral scholarships to European and Asian students.

Applications have to be submitted through the Online Application System.

Deadline for applications is March 15, 2013.

The GPTS welcomes applications for Doctoral Scholarships each year. Thus far there have been four application rounds, in spring/summer 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Application Requirements

Applicants must hold an M.A. or equivalent in a discipline of the humanities or social sciences with an above-average grade (at least 1.7, B+, 2+, “magna cum laude”, or equivalent).

The degree has to reflect at least five years of study at university level. Applicants who plan to graduate in 2013 must provide a university transcript that clearly indicates the progress to degree.

Documents should be submitted in English, German, French or Italian. Documents in other languages should be submitted as certified translations into English or German.

Application Process: The application process consists of four parts.

1. Applicants have to register and log into the Online Application System of the GPTS. Further guidelines will be available after login. Through the system applicants are required to provide

  • proof of their M.A. (or equivalent) with a transcript of courses and grades (NOTE: If the degree is still pending, applicants have to provide a detailed transcript of courses, indicating the progress to degree)
  • two referees for recommendation
  • an abstract of the proposed doctoral project with a working plan
  • a letter of intention
  • proof of language skills
  • further information about their education, work experience and other skills
  • possible supervisor from the Cluster.

The proposed doctoral project must have clear connections to the general research framework of the Cluster. Suitable supervisors may be found amongst the five Professorships and senior researchers involved in the projects of the Cluster.

2. After an initial evaluation and selection, applicants will be asked to contact suitable supervisors at the Cluster to discuss their proposed projects.

3. The most promising applicants will be invited to present their projects to the selection committee in Heidelberg. Notifications on this can be expected towards the end of April or the beginning of May.

4. Subsequent to the presentation in Heidelberg, the scholarship holders will be selected

Application Deadline : 31 March 2013

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