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Current Calls for Applications

Advertisement of 8 Scholarships for Doctoral Studies (2022-2024)

The Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS), with funding of the Einstein Center Chronoi (EC-C), invites applications for 8 doctoral fellowships at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin to begin on 1 January 2022 (winter semester 2021/2022). We welcome applications by highly qualified graduates from the fields of Ancient Studies, e.g. Ancient History, Ancient Oriental Studies, Ancient Philosophy, Archaeology, Archaeological Building Research and Monument Preservation, Classical Philology, Egyptology, History of Law, Landscape Archaeology, and Protestant Theology. Candidates must hold an outstanding Master's degree (M.A., MSt, MSc) in one of the aforementioned subjects.

The projects should have a clear connection to the overarching topic of as awareness of time, time management, time reckoning and temporality in ancient cultures, which is being investigated within the EC-C. Graduate students participate in several activities and events of the EC-C.

Further information please find here: https://www.ec-chronoi.de/.

The scholarship is endowed with € 1468 per month and available from January 2022. It is initially awarded for two years, with the option for a third year after a positive mid-term evaluation. This call is subject to the approval of the funds (2022-24).

Receiving a fellowship is connected with the admission to the BerGSAS and participation in one of the five doctoral programs, either Ancient Languages and Texts or Ancient Objects and Visual Studies; Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science; Landscape Archaeology and Architecture, or Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road. Each of these programs has a structured curriculum.

We expect applicants to inform themselves about the admission requirements in the desired doctoral subject. Contacting the preferred first supervisor beforehand is also necessary. Please find a list of the institutes and seminars involved in the doctoral programs of the BerGSAS on the website of the respective programs: http://www.berliner-antike-kolleg.org/en/bergsas/programme

Please send your application documents with the reference number 2021-BerGSAS-EC-1 by 16 May, 2021, 24.00 Central European Summer Time to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org

Please submit as 1 PDF (max. 10 MB):

  • a cover letter that explains your motivation for applying (max. 2 pages, A4, Times New Roman 12 pt, 1.5 line)
  • a research proposal (5-7 pages, A4, Times New Roman 12 pt, 1.5 line)
  • a work plan and schedule for three years
  • an application form (download here: https://www.berliner-antike-kolleg.org/bergsas/faq/pdfs/BerGSAS_application.pdf)
  • a curriculum vitae (CV, resume)
  • a writing sample (15-20 pages, e.g. chapter of the Master’s thesis)
  • copies of academic degrees and certificates of annual examinations taken at the home university (B.A., MA., Diploma)
  • if applying to the FU Berlin: copy of an English language certificate (IELTS-Academic, or TOEFL, at least B2)

In addition, letters of recommendation from two university teachers are required (preferably in German or English), which should be send as pdf directly to the following address: application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org.

The Admissions and Grants committee will not consider incomplete or late applications.

For further inquiries please contact application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org


Doctoral Program "Landscape Archaeology and Architecture"
Advertisement of one Scholarship for Doctoral Studies (2021-2025)

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering one scholarship to research and complete a doctorate in the "Landscape Archaeology and Architecture" (LAA) program. We welcome applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Prehistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, Egyptology and Northeast African Archaeology, or Geoscience (with a focus on Landscape Archaeology). Candidates must hold an outstanding Master's degree (M.A., MSt, MSc) in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion. The scholarship is available from October 2021 for four years (subject to a satisfactory annual progress review). The call is open only to applicants who are not German citizens, and who have not resided in Germany continuously for longer than 12 months as of the application dead-line. Their last final exam (Master’s Degree) should have taken place no longer than 6 years (72 months) ago.

The "Landscape Archaeology and Architecture" program covers various PhD projects. The focus is not on the archeology of particular spaces but on the spectrum of methods and research strategies applied in the study of landscape archaeology and architectural history. We encourage candidates whose PhD projects would fit within this framework to submit their applications. We will welcome in particular projects dealing with the interconnection of landscapes and economies but we are also open for projects focussing on cultural anthropology and social archaeology.

In accordance with DAAD guidelines, scholarship holders receive a basic monthly stipend of 1,200 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 German language course.

The application procedure takes place in two stages.

  1. Candidates submit their applications, including the documents mentioned below, by 30 April 2021, 12 noon CET to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org. Short-listed candidates are invited for an online interview within two months of the application deadline. If you have been selected by BerGSAS you will be required to upload your application to the DAAD submission system.
  2. BerGSAS will prepare a shortlist while DAAD is going to make the final choice. Please note that admission to studies and receipt of a scholarship will related to assessments by both the hosting university and DAAD.

Please submit:

  • a cover letter that explains your motivation for applying to the doctoral program
  • a research proposal (8-10 pages)
  • a work plan and schedule for four years
  • an application form
  • a curriculum vitae (CV, resume)
  • two letters of recommendation by two university professors from your home university. Please use the ‘DAAD letter of recommendation form’ (template available here http:///www.daad.de/imperia/md/content/de/foerderung/recommendation.pdf)
  • a writing sample (15-20 pages)
  • copies of certificates and copies of translated documents (they 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 documents certifying knowledge of English Language, e.g. IELTS-Academics, TOEFL

Please send your application documents with the reference number 2021-01-D by 30 April 2021, 12 noon Central European Time to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org

The Admissions and Grants committee will not consider incomplete or late applications.

For further inquiries, please contact the LAA Coordinator: Dr. Regina Attula, regina.attula@berliner-antike-kolleg.org


Study places (without funding)

The Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) accepts applications for both winter and summer admissions for all five doctoral programs. The starting date for doctoral studies in the summer semester is the first of April – for the winter semester, the starting date is the first of October.

If you would like to apply for summer admission, please you submit your application materials by the first of September of the preceding year.

If you wish to apply for winter admission, we request that you submit your application materials by the first of April in the year you wish to start.

Prospective doctoral students apply for one of our five doctoral programs. Each of the programs has its own curriculum, which takes six semesters to complete. In the course of their doctoral studies, doctoral students have the opportunity to spend a semester at one of our partner universities – Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Oxford or Princeton University – and can receive financial support for that purpose.

Minimum requirements for applicants

  • Completion of a master’s degree with a very good result in a field of ancient studies or a closely related discipline, e.g. prehistory, classical or Near Eastern archaeology, Egyptology, ancient Near Eastern studies, physical geography, ancient history, medieval history, religious studies, philosophy and the history of knowledge, theology, art history, classics, Byzantine studies, Iranian studies.
  • When you submit your application, you must be able to prove that you have a way of financing the three-year course of doctoral studies or at least show that you have submitted a request for the funding of your doctoral project to a third party.

Please send a complete set of your application materials (see below) to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org.

Your application should be submitted by e-mail and must contain the following:

  • The application form
  • An exposé on your proposed dissertation project (8-10 pages, including bibliography)
  • Work plan and timetable for three years
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation statement, also stating how the doctoral project will be financed (approx. 2 pages)
  • Writing sample (e.g. a chapter from your master's thesis or an essay, approx. 15-20 pages)
  • Certificates documenting the completion of internship(s) and/or relevant courses, summer schools, etc.
  • Copies of your university transcripts/reports (B.A., M.A., Diplom)
  • In addition, letters of recommendation from two university teachers, sent to us directly by their authors in PDF format (with the official letterhead of their institution, signed and stamped.)

Should you have any questions about applications, please read the FAQ or write to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.org.