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2 PhD Scholarships: "Towards a Global History of Concepts"

09. Okt. 2012

Heidelberg University invites applications for 2 PhD Scholarships within the research group “Towards a Global History of Concepts.” The research group is situated within the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” funded by the German Federal Excellence Initiative, and aims to develop new ways of reconstructing conceptual migrations and entanglements in transcultural perspective. Brief outlines of the group’s objectives and subprojects can be found here:

Candidates must hold an M.A. or equivalent in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences such as South or East Asian Studies, History, Art History, Philosophy, History of Science or Religious Studies, with an above-average grade (at least 1.7, B+, 2+, "magna cum laude", or equivalent). Proficiency in English and at least one Asian language is essential; prior research experience in Asia is desirable.

The successful applicants’ primary task will be to complete a PhD degree, but active participation in relevant graduate courses offered at the Cluster of Excellence or other institutes at Heidelberg University is recommended. Some light administrative duties may occur. The stipends are rated at €1200/month (except for a small enrollment fee, no tuition fees apply) and limited to a duration of three years. Some travel and publication funds are available. Applications for further subsidies will be encouraged.

To apply, send curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, outline of a dissertation project (2-3 pages) related to the research group or one of its subprojects, names and contact details of two referees, and one written sample via email to Ms. Shupin Lang at

Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2012 and continue until the positions are filled.

Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity/affirmative-action employer. In case of equality of qualification and suitability of applicants, the applications made by female researchers will be given preferential consideration. We also encourage and welcome applications from disabled persons.


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