Details of Scholarship
We are looking for highly motivated, excellent doctoral applicants with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.
The HGGS Graduate School provides a structured, interdisciplinary program 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 research projects should contribute to the Field of Focus 3, “Cultural dynamics in globalized worlds”, and/or Field of Focus 4, “Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and societies”.
The HGGS Membership is foreseen for three years with the option of an additional year. The DAAD-GSSP Scholarships for international applicants are foreseen for four years.
Eligibility for Scholarship
To be eligible for HGGS Membership and DAAD GSSP Scholarships, applicants must:
- Hold an M.A. or equivalent in one of the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences or Law 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 program
- 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
Application procedure of Scholarship
- Completed cover page (download HERE or Word-format from heiBOX)
- Letter of intention, with a brief description of the qualifications, academic objectives and the research project (max. 2 pages)
- Curriculum Vitae with information about the academic career, achieved grades, research projects, and research experience, publications (if any)
- Project description of max. 5 pages in German or English (including research plans and objectives, critical approach, data, methods, theoretical focus)
- The timescale for the research project
- Transcripts (Bachelor and Master)
- Letters of recommendation: 1 letter (formless) required for HGGS membership; 2 letters on the DAAD form required for DAAD-GSSP applications
- Written supervision agreement by a Professor or PD at Heidelberg University. Information.
- Excel-Sheet with details about your academic career
Applications (max. 25 pages) must be submitted electronically as ONE PDF file to the Manager & Academic Coordinator of the HGGS: Dr. Astrid Wind: