Gateway for Doctoral Candidates: Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies
Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies
The Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) is home to five doctoral programs located at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Each program includes traditional curricula, while at the same time breaking new ground by placing increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary research. BerGSAS has been awarded the „Einstein Doctoral Programme“ prize of the Einstein Foundation Berlin on January 2017.
The close cooperation with the non-university research facilities that constitute the Berliner Antike-Kolleg (BAK) is an innovative situation. Scholars conducting research at these institutions are usually affiliated with the universities through honorary professorships. They contribute both their expertise and the resources of their research institutions to our doctoral programs.
The doctoral studies programs are interdisciplinary designed and pursue various thematic core areas. A unique aspect of this approach is that it allows the school to meet the needs of every specialization in fields ranging from ancient studies to geosciences and other natural sciences. Imparting a praxis-oriented approach is another primary concern of our graduate school.
Alongside interdisciplinarity, international networking is another important element of each doctoral program. This entails not only a culture of exchange between partner universities and research institutes in Germany and abroad, but also academic exchanges enabling doctoral candidates to participate in international colloquia, conferences and workshops in the course of their doctoral studies. In addition, BerGSAS benefits from BAK’s expanding network and from renowned researchers from a wide variety of disciplines whom the Kolleg regularly invites to Berlin as fellows.