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in History and Sociology
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Language Courses

Until the end of 2018, language courses can be subsidized with up to EUR 500 by the BGHS.


Please send your application for reimbursement of costs, giving the following details, by email to

  • Reason and necessity in relation to your dissertation project
  • Training institution
  • Anticipated costs

Should additional travelling and accommodation costs arise, these can also be reimbursed. In such cases the journey will be treated as a conference trip; therefore please use the form Travel Permit and Travel Expenses Claim Form.

Once the BGHS has confirmed the reimbursement, please send us the following supporting documentation:

For the reimbursement of travelling and accommodation costs we also need the original travel receipts. In such cases please use the claims form Statement of Travel Expenses.

German Courses for International Doctoral Students

To the extent its budget permits, the BGHS can reimburse international doctoral researchers who would like to improve their German language skills while they are members of the BGHS for the costs of German language courses. German language courses are offered by PunktUm at the university.
There is no particular application procedure to observe with PunktUm courses. You may apply directly at the PunktUm office. The course fees are charged to the BGHS.

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