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Are you interested in a doctoral program at BerGSAS? Here you can find all important information at one glance! Detailed information on our graduate school as well as the matriculation and admission process you can find in our guidelines in English and German on our "service" site.

When can I apply?

We can only consider applications that are submitted in response to a call for applications. These are generally published on February 1st of a given year. The application deadline is usually April 30th.

Where does the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies publish calls for applications?

Calls for applications are published on our website:

https://www.berliner-antike-kolleg.org/bergsas/application and

http://www.topoi.org/news/new-call-for-applications/ as well as in the print edition of Die Zeit and at academics.de and academics.com.

What documents do I need to submit with my application?

  • An application form (German and English versions can be downloaded from the website)
  • A doctoral project proposal (if requested in the announcement)
  • A work schedule (if requested in the announcement)
  • A cover letter
  • Copies of degree certificates/diplomas
  • Two letters of recommendation from university teachers
  • Documents certifying knowledge of German and/or English
  • A writing sample (15-20 pages)

Important: the application process is conducted online. Please do not send documents by mail.

What are the language requirements?

German: DSH-2

It is necessary to demonstrate your knowledge of the English language at C1 level, to enroll at the respective department/ faculty (consult your PhD regulations). If you do not possess written proof of your English proficiency at C1 level (IELTS, IELTS Academics, TOEFL, Unicert, DAAD etc.), you are personally responsible to hand this in by the time of admission.

Can I have an external advisor?

Your main thesis advisor must be a university teacher at either the Freie Universität Berlin or the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. But project-related cooperation with the Technische Universität Berlin, the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin is also possible.

External advisors can serve as second or third examiners.

A bi-national doctoral degree or a cotutelle de these (a PhD from two universities) is also possible.

Important: the doctoral regulations for each faculty/department determine whether a given advisor is eligible to serve as a thesis examiner.

When do doctoral studies begin?

Doctoral studies begin in the Fall semester each year.

How long does the PhD program at BerGSAS last?

The PhD program at BerGSAS lasts six semesters.

Where can I find more information on the curriculum of my PhD program?

Each PhD program at BerGSAS (ALT, APhil, HistAS, LAA, MaCOS, Silk Road) has regulations that stipulate, among other things, which seminars have to be completed in the course of the program and what requirements the doctoral candidates are expected to meet. The curriculum for a given program is outlined in § 11 of that program’s regulations. The regulations can be viewed at BerGSAS’s website (http://berliner-antike-kolleg.org/bergsas/prom/).

What languages can my dissertation be submitted in?

You can submit your dissertation in a language other than German provided that the doctoral regulations of the faculty/department allow this and the conditions stipulated in the regulations are met. Please consult the individual faculties/departments for more information.

What titles can I earn?

The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin confers the doctoral titles typical of German-speaking countries, e.g. Dr. phil. or Dr. theol.

The Freie Universität can confer a PhD title to graduates of a graduate school, as well as titles typical of German-speaking countries, e.g. Dr. phil., Dr. theol., Dr. rer. nat., Dr. jur.

The important thing is that titles such as PhD and Dr. phil. are equivalent but not interchangeable. Please bear in mind that these titles are conferred not by the graduate school, but by the PhD boards of the faculties/departments. They can provide you with more information on the subject.