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Are you interested in a doctoral program at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies? Here you will find everything you need to know at a glance!

Comprehensive information about our Graduate School and about admission to doctoral studies and matriculation can be found in our guidelines.

We accept applications for all five doctoral programs for both winter and summer admissions. The summer-semester starting date for doctoral studies is the first of April – for the winter semester the starting date is first of October.

If you wish to apply for admission in the summer semester, we request that you send in your application materials by the firstof September of the year before you wish to start.

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

Calls for applications are advertised on this website under the heading "Applications" and "News." BerGSAS also publishes its calls for applications in various national and international portals.

Please register on our portal https://application.berliner-antike-kolleg.org/bergsas. After you have received a password, you can upload your documents (including a letter of motivation, exposé with work plan, university transcripts, language certificates, letters of recommendation from your home university) by the specified application deadline. Please note: until you have uploaded all required documents, the application is not complete and will not be considered.

German (for non-native speakers):
DSH-2 recommended.

English (for non-native speakers):
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Proof of English language skills is not required for application and admission to doctoral studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Freie Universität Berlin: In order to be admitted to doctoral studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, applicants must as a rule provide proof of English language proficiency at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (see the doctoral regulations of the respective department and the foreign language regulations of the Department of History and Cultural Studies). If you are unable to submit written proof of B2 at the time of application, it will be your responsibility to do so, without prompting, at a later date, but no later than upon admission. (IELTS Academics, TOEFL, Unicert, DAAD etc.).

Please note: As of October 22, 2020, the new doctoral regulations of the Department of History and Cultural Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin are in effect.

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 doctoral degree 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.

Doctoral studies begin in the winter or summer semester.

The doctoral program at BerGSAS lasts six semesters.

Each doctoral program at BerGSAS (ALT, AOViS, APhil/HistAS, LAA, 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 each program is outlined in § 11 of that program’s regulations.

BerGSAS has doctoral exchange agreements with the universities of Ann Arbor/Michigan; Boston (Harvard); New York; Oxford; Paris (École Normale Supérieur) and Princeton, which enable BerGSAS doctoral students to spend a semester at one of these partner universities. Places in these exchange programs are advertised internally among the doctoral students of BerGSAS. The application process is conducted entirely in English (incl. exposé and letter of recommendation).

Dissertations can be written in German or, if the relevant doctoral regulations (Promotionsordnung) permit, in another language (see below for further information).

The following applies to the Freie Universität Berlin: Further information can be obtained from the doctoral offices (Promotionsbüros) of the respective department.

The following applies to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Doctoral students can write their dissertation in English subject to approval of their request to do so by the doctoral committee (Promotionsausschuss) of the relevant faculty. Writing in a language other than German or English is also always subject to approval of a request and is possible only at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Philosophy, and the Faculty of Theology.

At the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the doctoral degrees awarded are those customary in German-speaking countries, such as Dr. phil. or Dr. theol.

At the Freie Universität Berlin, persons who have successfully completed their doctoral work at the graduate school are awarded either the title of PhD or one of the titles customarily awarded in German speaking countries, such as Dr. phil., Dr. theol., Dr. rer. nat., Dr. jur. It is important to note, though, that while titles may be absolutely equivalent, such as PhD and Dr. phil., they are not interchangeable. You must choose one of the two titles, either PhD or Dr. phil.

Please bear in mind that it is not the graduate school that awards a title but the doctoral committee (Promotionsausschuss) responsible for the relevant faculty or department.

Every doctoral program has a student representative who gives voice to the interests and concerns of the doctoral students and supports the integration of students newly entering the program. They are elected for a two-year term. There are also interdisciplinary and inter-program forums that were created at the initiative of doctoral students and are organized and led by them.

The coordinators and program chairpersons are responsible for answering questions about doctoral programs and for advising. You can also get assistance from the student representatives and the representatives of the doctoral program. In cases of conflict, you can bring your concerns to the BerGSAS ombudsman.