Course(s) Offered: Humanities (Muslim culture, society)
Course Level: Postgraduate research (PhD)
Country to Study in: Germany
The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) grantss scholarships per year for its three-year programme of study. The allocation of these awards is at the discretion of the selection committee.
Students admitted to the programme who cannot be offered a scholarship by the Graduate School will receive administrative assistance in applying for third-party funding (e.g. information about possible sources of such funding, letters of recommendation, etc.).
The Graduate School's three-year doctoral programme begins in October each year. The BGSMCS is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments and by Freie Universität Berlin.
The formal prerequisite for application to the programme is a university honours degree reflecting a level of attainment that is above average (typically an M.A., or diploma degree, with a grade of “very good”; with ranking, where applicable). The degree should be in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School (see List of PIs with an overview of their specialist fields and areas of research).
As English will be the primary language of communication, students are expected to have advanced English-language proficiency. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) relevant to their projects. It is assumed that language skills can be improved during the course of the doctoral programme.
Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic qualifications and the relevance of the proposed dissertation project to the research programme of the Graduate School.
Citizens of ANY nationality
Doctoral students participating in the programme of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies are members of the Dahlem Research School and will be enrolled as doctoral students at either Freie Universität Berlin or Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, depending upon the affiliation of their Principal Supervisor.
Berlin, with its wide-ranging variety of academic and cultural institutions, provides a unique environment for the Graduate School. Partner institutions include:
- Bayreuth International Graduate School for African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 3, D-95445 Bayreuth
- Ethnologisches Museum Arnimallee 27, 14195 Berlin
- Europa im Nahen Osten – Der Nahe Osten in Europa (EUME) Wallotstraße 19, 14193 Berlin
- Europa - Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) Vergleichende Sozialwissenschaften, Große Scharrnstraße 59, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)
- Max Planck Institut für Bildungsforschung Lentzealle 94, 14195 Berlin
- Museum für Islamische Kunst Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin
- Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4, 10719 Berlin
- Universität Erfurt, Institut für Religionswissenschaft, Nordhäuser Straße 63, 99089 Erfurt
- Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (ZFL) Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin
The area of study includes Muslim societies in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as Muslim communities in Europe and North America. The Graduate School examines, in a systematic and comparative way, concepts, practices, and institutions variously understood as Islamic. Special attention is given to relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, as well as forms of inter- and intra-cultural communication.
Number of awards
Up to fifteen new doctoral students are admitted annually, of which up to ten scholarships per year are granted throughout the programme duration
Three (3) years. The allocation of these awards is at the discretion of the selection committee. They may be extended after the first year, contingent upon positive evaluation of a first chapter of the dissertation, which is also crucial for the student’s continued participation in the programme.
The scholarships amount to approximately € 1,400 per month.
Doctoral candidates are offered opportunities to meet fellow researchers and to find additional research contexts related to their projects. Contacts students make and activities in which they engage will allow them to acquire the expert knowledge essential for scholars, politicians, and social activists alike.
Method of Application
Candidates are expected to submit an outline of their proposed dissertation project (maximum 6 pages, with a summary of no more than half a page), to include a short description of the topic, the current state of research, and its theoretical and methodological orientation, as well as a preliminary work schedule and an indication of whether the work is to be conducted via archival or field research.
The application package must include the requested documents as outlined on the official website. Please read the 2013 Call for Applications(pdf) and the Guidelines for Application before compiling the application package.
Please send your application to the graduate school by November 30th 2012 with all documents compiled to one pdf-file to the address below.
Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews may be conducted via Skype or telephone. All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible.
The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies.
In close cooperation with its partner institutions in Germany and abroad, the Graduate School offers doctoral candidates a broad educational programme of exceptional quality coupled with intensive mentoring for individual dissertation projects, training that will qualify graduates to hold leading positions in academia, the media, and politics.
The Graduate School aims to achieve a balance between specialisation in a given field of study and in-depth interdisciplinary training (“discipline-based interdisciplinarity”). The inclusion of themes and projects from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America will assist doctoral students in developing a trans-regional outlook. Candidates’ inter-cultural openness will be enhanced by close cooperation with researchers from various disciplines and backgrounds.
Application Deadline: 30 November 2012
Open to International students: Yes
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