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Selection of Doctoral Students

May 21, 2013

Seventeen candidates, who have been shortlisted for the Cluster’s Graduate Programme, presented their proposed doctoral projects to a selection committee on Tuesday, May 21. The eight most promising students will be selected to join the Cluster’s Graduate Programme in October 2013.

The presentations of the candidates took place on May 21 from 9 am onwards in room 212 at the Karl Jaspers Centre. Interested scholars and students listened to the presentations in the morning and discussed them with the presenters in the afternoon. The morning session consisted of four panels. First, the candidates were given ten minutes each to present their proposed doctoral project. Subsequently, they got the chance to ask questions to the other candidates participating in their panel.

In the afternoon, the members of the selection committee, as well as all interested guests had the chance to talk to the candidates individually and learn more about their research. The proposed projects include a wide range of topics such as “Egypt in Roman Imperial Context”, “Japanese Photography in Guatemala”, “Organic agriculture in India” or “Women’s Writing and Publishing in Taiwan and West Germany”.

Out of more than 190 applications for the doctoral positions, the 17 most promising were invited to Heidelberg to present their projects. Applications were submitted from over 40 countries including Italy, Turkey, France, Russia, USA, Pakistan, Singapore, Ethiopia, Iran, Sweden and Germany. Most applications were received from China and India.

The eight most promising students will be selected to join the Cluster’s Graduate Programme in October 2013. In the first and third year, students attend research colloquia, reading courses, and workshops. The second year is mainly dedicated to field and archival research.

The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) is a central pillar of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”. The GPTS provides a structured doctoral programme with an interdisciplinary approach. It combines the European model of highly individualised doctoral studies with a tailored course curriculum. Supervision is provided by a mentoring scheme during a term of three academic years. The GPTS is chaired by the Cluster's Professor for Cultural Economic History Prof. Harald Fuess.

Download the detailed panel schedule.


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