BGHS Start-up Scholarships for International Students in Germany, 2017

Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted until January 15, 2017.

Applications are invited for six-month doctoral scholarships available for international graduate students in the area of history, sociology, anthropology or political science at Bielefeld Graduate School.

germanyThe overreaching aim of establishing the Bielefeld University was to transform the public higher education to improve quality and efficiency of teaching and learning, creating a world-class higher learning institution.

Bielefeld University was founded in 1969 with an explicit research assignment and a mission to provide high-quality research-oriented teaching. Today it encompasses 13 faculties covering a broad spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technology.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing doctoral degree at Bielefeld University in Germany

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the field of history, sociology, anthropology or political science.

Scholarship Award: The scholarships will be awarded for the Summer Term of each year (1 April until 31 July) and include a stipend of EUR 1,200 per month. This amount will be supplemented by an allowance for children if applicable. Upon application, travel costs can also be covered by the Graduate School. Moreover, the BGHS will offer a study program tailored to the particular needs of international MA graduates. Scholarship holders will participate in workshops on German academia as well as on writing a project description and will be supported intensively in finding a funding for their research project. Frequent exchange with peer researchers, BGHS staff, and professors facilitates guidance and support during these four months. Scholarship holders will also take part in a German or English class at PunktUm.




Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in sociology, history, political science, social anthropology or gender studies; applications from related disciplines are welcome. We strongly encourage women to apply. Graduates from abroad who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in history, sociology, anthropology or political science may apply for a start-up scholarship. We welcome applications from pre-doctoral researchers. Applicants should speak either German or English fluently. Neither German nationals nor foreigners with a tertiary education from a German university may apply (Bildungsinländer/inner). The start-up scholarships are meant to further networking with scientists at the BGHS, therefore no prolonged archival or research trips should take place during this period.
By the end of their stay, the candidates present their developed projects to the BGHS community and submit a final report.
To ensure that your project fits with the BGHS profile, you should take a close look at the Areas of research covered by the BGHS. Your project should be relatable to those areas.

Nationality: International applicants (Non-German) can apply for these doctoral scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in sociology, history, political science, social anthropology or gender studies; applications from related disciplines are welcome.

English language Requirements: Applicants should speak either German or English fluently.

How to Apply: The mode of application is online. Please submit the following documents:

  • Covering letter (600 words max.)
  • Curriculum Vitae (1,000 words max.)
  • Summary of your MA thesis (600 words max.)
  • Project description (800 words max.)
  • Letter of recommendation from your supervisor/advisor at your university (If preferred, your supervisor/advisor can send the letter directly to the BGHS: application-bghs-at-uni-bielefeld.de)
  • University and college certificates and transcripts (Master’s certificate or a statement from your examination office that you have successfully completed your Master’s studies. All your grades, including the grade for your Master’s thesis, must be displayed in this statement). Please enclose a certified translation if certificates are not written in English or German.

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