A programme to promote young women researchers

Shortcuts is a programme to promote young women researchers financed by the BGHS, the Faculty of Sociology and the Department of History of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology. The programme was initiated in the 2010 Summer Term and aims to actively support young women in their transition from masters to doctoral level. There are two components to Shortcuts: Workshops that aid preparations for doctoral study and scholarships for young women researchers. The programme starts every fall, a call for application is published every spring.

Workshops on preparing for doctoral study

The Shortcuts programme consists of workshops on fundamental questions about doctoral study and academic careers. Workshops focus on both clarifying dissertation topics and writing a proposal as well as on possible fellowships and other financial support during the doctoral phase. Experienced trainers, teachers, and BGHS personnel help participants to find a topic and clarify their motivation and support them in writing a proposal and applying for doctoral positions, fellowships and admission to a doctoral programme. A further element of the programme is regular exchange with other (future) doctoral researchers. Participants also have the opportunity to ask their own questions related to the topic of doctoral studies.

Agenda 2014

Shortcuts scholarships

Shortcuts scholarships give participants four months of financial independence to work on a doctoral thesis proposal so that they may apply for doctoral positions, fellowships, or admission to a doctoral programme.

Application requirements

Women may apply who have received aan M.A. degree and wish to pursue doctoral studies in history or sociology. Applicants must have a good command of German, as the Programme's language is German. Applicants must hold a Master's or Master's of Education or Diploma Study degree (Diplomstudiengang) in sociology, political or social science, history, gender studies, social anthropology or another social science or humanities discipline. We also welcome applications from candidates who have only recently received their Master's degree.



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