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BerGSAS currently offers the following two scholarships:

The Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi "The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations" offers at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 1 doctoral fellowship for the winter term 2017/18, starting on November 1, 2017.

Receiving the fellowship is connected with the admission to the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg and participation in one of the graduate school’s five doctoral programs. Each program is based on a structured curriculum.

BerGSAS doctoral programs:

  • Ancient Languages and Texts (ALT)
  • Ancient Objects and Visual Studies (AOViS)
  • Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science(APhil/HistAS)
  • Landscape Archaeology and Architecture (LAA)
  • Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road (Silk Road)

For further information on the doctoral programs, please visit: http://www.berliner-antike-kolleg.org/bergsas/programme.

We welcome applications from highly qualified graduates from any field of ancient studies, or from a closely related discipline. Candidates must hold an exemplary Master’s degree, or equivalent degree. Each doctoral fellowship will include a stipend of 1350 euros per month to be awarded for two years, with an option to extension for a third year upon positive evaluation towards the end of the second year. A chield allowance will be made available in accordance with DFG guidelines.

 

Application deadline:

Candidates must send their application including the documents listed below and with the application quoting reference number HU-17-Topoi until September 24, 2017 to: application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org

 

Required application documents (1pdf, max. 10 MB):

  • application form
  • cover letter (2-3 pages, including the name of the BerGSAS doctoral program for which you are applying and including the name of the professor from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin who you would like as supervisor of your dissertation project)
  • curriculum vitae (CV, resume)
  • dissertation project synopsis (8-10 pages)
  • work plan and schedule
  • copies of certificates of any academic degrees
  • writing sample (15-20 pages)
  • two letters of recommendation

 

For further information about the Excellence Cluster Topoi, please visit: http://www.topoi.org/.

For further information about BerGSAS, please visit: http://www.berliner-antike-kolleg.org/bergsas.

For further inquiries please contact Dr. Carmen Marcks-Jacobs, carmen.marcks-jacobs@berliner-antike-kolleg.de.

 

     

One Scholarship for Doctoral Studies in the "Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road" Program

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering one doctoral scholarship to research and complete a doctorate in the "Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road" program at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS). We welcome applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Central Asian studies, Iranian studies, Turkology, Central and East Asian Archaeology. Candidates must hold an outstanding Master's degree, or equivalent degree, in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion. The scholarship is available from October 2018 for three or four years (subject to a satisfactory annual progress review).

 

The call is open only to applicants

  • who are not German citizens
  • who have not resided in Germany continuously for longer than 12 months as of the application deadline
  • their last final exam (Master Degree) should have taken place no longer than six years ago

The "Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road" program covers Central Asia essentially in the period from the beginning of the present era up to the arrival of Islam in the area (10th c. in Kashgar, ca. 14th c. in Turfan) and therefore concentrates on the broad range of attested languages and literatures of Buddhist, Manichaean and Christian communities and on a lesser quantity of secular documents. The Turfan Collection in Berlin provides an ideal opportunity to study original materials.

A wealth of recently excavated sites and find materials in Central and Eastern Asia allow new approaches to a number of old questions concerning the complex cultural history along the Silk Roads. The candidates are free to choose their own topics, and it is important to remember that texts and artifacts that have already been published often have a lot more to reveal than has already been discovered. The following is an indication of the kind of topics possible and is not intended to exhaust or limit the possibilities.

In the field of Iranian studies: A comprehensive study of the Sogdian Buddhist texts; a study of the verbal system and a detailed analysis of its use in Middle Persian, Parthian or Sogdian texts; a study of the composition of the Manichaean Parthian hymn-cycles; and so on.

In the field of Turkish studies: A comparison of Old Turkish and Chinese sentence structure in Buddhist texts, focusing on translation techniques and interference between the source and target language; a study of identified and published Old Turkish texts with historical content; a study of the commodities used as a means of payment in Old Turkish contracts and so on.

In the field of archaeology and cultural history: How did knowledge spread and transform societies in Eastern Central Asia in the first Millennium AD? Reconstruction of the individual life history and kinship of oasis settlers based on objects and texts. Identification of raw materials and products, which are representative for particular time periods, locations, or communities in Xinjiang.

In accordance with DAAD guidelines, doctoral scholarship holders receive a basic monthly stipend of 1,000 Euros, a travel allowance, a combined health, accident and liability insurance policy, allowances for study and research and, where applicable, rent and family allowances, as well as financial support for a pre-sessional language course.

 

Application process:

Candidates must send their application before December 1, 2017 to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org.

Please submit:

  • an application form

  • a curriculum vitae (CV, resume)

  • a cover letter that explains your motivation for applying to the doctoral program

  • two letters of recommendation by two university professors from your home university. Please use the DAAD letter of recommendation form.

  • a research proposal (5 pages)

  • a work plan and schedule for three years

  • a writing sample (15-20 pages)

  • copies of certificates and copies of translated documents (copies don’t have to be certified!):

    • copies of certificates of annual examinations taken at the home university

    • copies of certificates of any academic degrees or advanced qualifications indicating grades and explaining the home university’s grading system

    • copies of document(s) certifying knowledge of English

 

The application procedure takes place in two stages:

1) Candidates submit their applications, including the documents mentioned above, to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org

2) Short-listed candidates are invited for an interview (on Skype) within two months of the application deadline.

If you have been selected for a scholarship by BerGSAS you will be required to upload your application to the DAAD submission system in mid-February 2018. BerGSAS will prepare a shortlist, while DAAD will make the final choice. Admission to studies and receipt of a scholarship is based on assessments by both the hosting university and DAAD.

 

For further inquiries please contact the BerGSAS Coordinators:

Dr. Regina Attula, regina.attula@berliner-antike-kolleg.de

Dr. Carmen Marcks-Jacobs, carmen.marcks@berliner-antike-kolleg.de

 

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One Scholarship for Doctoral Studies in the "Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science" Program

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering one doctoral scholarship to research and complete a doctorate in the "Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science" program at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS). We welcome applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Ancient Philosophy, Classics, or History of Ancient Science. Candidates must hold an outstanding Master's degree, or equivalent degree, in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion. The scholarship is available from October 2018 for three or four years (subject to a satisfactory annual progress review).

 

The call is open only to applicants

  • who are not German citizens
  • who have not resided in Germany continuously for longer than 12 months as of the application deadline
  • their last final exam (Master Degree) should have taken place no longer than six years ago

Further qualifications

Dissertation proposals: For the Ancient Philosophy pathway of the program we particularly welcome dissertation proposals, which involve both philosophy and one or more special sciences (including mathematics, medicine, and other disciplines that we might not today consider special sciences, such as grammar or divination). For the History of Ancient Science pathway of the program we also (but not exclusively) welcome dissertation proposals that consider philological, social and cultural aspects of the ancient sciences, both in the Greco-Roman and in the ancient Near Eastern, Early-Christian and Islamic world.

Language skills: Candidates are expected to have sufficient command of the relevant ancient languages for their dissertation project. Since the language of instruction is predominantly English, their English should be good enough to join discussions and write papers.

In accordance with DAAD guidelines, doctoral scholarship holders receive a basic monthly stipend of 1.000 Euros, a travel allowance, a combined health, accident and liability insurance policy, allowances for study and research and, where applicable, rent and family allowances, as well as financial support for a pre-sessional language course.

 

Application process:

Candidates must send their application before December 1, 2017 to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org.

Please submit:

  • an application form

  • a curriculum vitae (CV, resume)

  • a cover letter that explains your motivation for applying to the doctoral program

  • two letters of recommendation by two university professors from your home university. Please use the DAAD letter of recommendation form.

  • a research proposal (5 pages)

  • a work plan and schedule for three years

  • a writing sample (15-20 pages)

  • copies of certificates and copies of translated documents (copies don’t have to be certified!):

    • copies of certificates of annual examinations taken at the home university

    • copies of certificates of any academic degrees or advanced qualifications indicating grades and explaining the home university’s grading system

 

The application procedure takes place in two stages:

1) Candidates submit their applications, including the documents mentioned above, to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org

2) Short-listed candidates are invited for an interview (on Skype) within two months of the application deadline.

If you have been selected for a scholarship by BerGSAS you will be required to upload your application to the DAAD submission system in mid-February 2018. BerGSAS will prepare a shortlist, while DAAD will make the final choice. Admission to studies and receipt of a scholarship is based on assessments by both the hosting university and DAAD.

 

For further inquiries please contact the BerGSAS Coordinators:

Dr. Regina Attula, regina.attula@berliner-antike-kolleg.de

Dr. Carmen Marcks-Jacobs, carmen.marcks@berliner-antike-kolleg.de

 

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