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Two doctoral scholarships for Internationals

The BGHS within the DAAD-Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) invites applications for two doctoral scholarships for Internationals especially from developing and emerging countries with a maximum duration of 4 years, starting 1 April 2024 in the fields of history, art history, sociology, political science, social anthropology and didactics of social sciences in the research areas covered by the BGHS. You find a list with the potential supervisors here.

The full text of the call for applications can be found here. Applications must be submitted in English by 30 April 2023 to the online application portal. Please also read the FAQs carefully, as you will find all important information on the application and the procedure there.


Required application documents:

  • Motivation letter (600 words max.) (guidelines)
  • Curriculum Vitae (1,000 words max.) (guidelines)
  • Project proposal (4,000 words max.) (guidelines)
  • Detailed work schedule, including field work stays and stays abroad (1,000 word max.) (guidelines)
  • University degree documents (BA degree certificate + BA transcript and MA degree certificate + MA transcript 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.)
  • One letter of recommendation from university professors at your home university. The template can be found here: PDF, Word. (guidelines)

Please feel free to contact Dr. Clara Buitrago for further questions (


Review procedure: transparency and equal opportunity

The BGHS selects candidates for the advertised scholarships using its tried and tested gender- and diversity-friendly application procedure, which guarantees a transparent and fair process and strengthens the diversity of the BGHS community. The structured and partly anonymous procedure takes place in five steps:

Review of the application documents for completeness and thematic fit by the BGHS office,
Expert review of the anonymised project description according to uniform criteria by lecturers of the Faculty of Sociology, the Department of History or by external scholars,
Selection and invitation of applicants to a personal interview by the interdisciplinary selection committee on the basis of the project descriptions and reviews,
Conducting the interviews by the selection committee,
Decision on the nomination of the candidates to the DAAD by the BGHS executive board.

Doctoral scholarships within the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship (GSSP) follow a two-stage procedure. First, the BGHS will select suitable doctoral candidates for two DAAD scholarships, who will then submit their applications to the DAAD. Second, the DAAD will award and administer the scholarships.


Dates and deadlines

30 April 2023 – Deadline for applications

Mid of June 2023 – Invitations to personal interviews are sent out

Beginning of July 2023 – Personal interviews

Mid of July 2023 – Candidates informed about the results

End of September 2023 – Nomination to DAAD

From October 2023 to January 2024 – Awarding of the scholarship by DAAD

During February and March 2024 – Possible participation in a German Course in Germany

1 April 2024 – Beginning of the scholarship at the BGHS



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