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Bielefeld Graduate School

in History and Sociology

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Application Documents

Please submit the following documents using the BGHS online application portal:

Application Documents

      • Letter of motivation (400 words maximum):
        Please specify in your letter whether you are applying for a place on the taught Doctoral Programme in History or Sociology at the BGHS or for doctoral studies independent of a programme
      • CV in tabular form
      • Abitur certificate (final school certificate; German university entrance qualification)
      • Certificates of all college and/or university degree(s) including transcripts (BA + MA):
        Please enclose copies of the originals and a certified translation if certificates are not written in English or German
      • Dissertation proposal including a bibliography, work schedule and time frame (4,000 words maximum):
        Please note our guidelines on how to write a dissertation proposal
      • Statement of consent to act as your supervisor by a professor from the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, or the Faculty of Sociology:
        you can upload this statement of consent via the BGHS application portal or send it directly to the BGHS via E-mail
      • Names of two referees
      • Statement about current or previous attempts to earn a doctorate
      • Application for admission Please complete, print, sign and scan the document
      • Proof of foreign language proficiency (historians only)

Please note: the BGHS portal for applications is open two months before each application deadline.

Questions on your application are also answered in our list of FAQ.

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