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PhD Scholarships DAAD-GSSP & HGGS Membership


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Social sciences
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The Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Heidelberg University (HGGS) invites applications for Graduate Membership. We are looking for highly motivated, excellent doctoral candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research from the Faculty of Modern Languages, the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.


The HGGS provides a structured, interdisciplinary programme in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law for the formation of excellent doctoral candidates. It fosters innovative, interdisciplinary research projects 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 an exclusive selection of interdisciplinary seminars and expert courses in English and German. Dissertation projects with any thematic focus are eligible to participate in the HGGS. For the cohort starting in 2022, we especially encourage applications relevant to the flagship initiative of Heidelberg University, the Field of Focus 3:"Cultural dynamics in globalized worlds" or Field of Focus 4: "Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and societies."


Applicants must hold an M.A. or equivalent in one of the disciplines of the six faculties in support of the HGGS with an above-average grade average. The transcript has to indicate at least four years of study at the university level. Excellent knowledge of English or German 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 before applying to the HGGS. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their projects to the Selection Committee at an online interview. The HGGS Membership is foreseen for three years with the option of an additional year. Membership in the HGGS implies free access to all courses, academic events and international schools at the HGGS and affiliated institutes, but no individual stipend will be awarded.

The DAAD-GSSP Scholarships for two international candidates - residing abroad or no longer than 12 months in Germany at the time of application - are foreseen for three to four years with a stipend of € 1200,- per month. 

Both the HGGS Membership and the DAAD-GSSP Scholarships at the HGGS are expected to start in the Winter Semester. 


Application and required documents:

a) Completed cover page (download from heiBOX)

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) Letters of recommendation: one letter (formless) required for HGGS membership; two letters on the DAAD form required for DAAD-GSSP applications (download from heiBOX)

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

i) Excel sheet with details about your academic career (download from heiBOX).


Applications (max. 25 pages) must be submitted electronically as ONE PDF file and one Excel sheet (i) to

            Dr. Astrid Wind



Please note:

Your email with the application will contain two files:

1.-The PDF document should be sent with the cover page (a) in this format: NAME_FirstName_HGGS.

2.-The Excel sheet (i) must be submitted with the same email, but in the original Excel-format. Please do not modify the sheet.

You may attach the letter/s of recommendation (g) to your PDF. Referees may also email their letters to Dr. Wind:


Deadline for the DAAD-GSSP Scholarships & HGGS Membership: 1 March 2022.

The HGGS can only accept complete applications with all documents in the order as listed above.


The HGGS also accepts applications for membership from candidates with external funding. For more funding opportunities, please review the pages of the HGGS and the Graduate Academy.



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