10 PhD Scholarships in Social Sciences, Germany

Deadline: 10 March 2011
Open to: MA holders in Social Work, Education, Social Sciences, Law or Psychology
Scholarship: 1,100 Euros per month plus 103 Euros materials allowance

The Research Training Group (RTG) is located at the University of Hildesheim Foundation (Faculty of Education and Social Sciences) and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Institute of Social Work and Education), both Germany. It pursues the theoretical and empirical study of transnational structures and processes of social support, which is analysed in the field of transmigration and in the context of transnational organisations within three research areas:

1. The research area “Transnational Family Care” focuses on analyzing the transnationalisation of family relationships with respect to assistance, nursing, and care.

2. The research area Transnational Networks addresses forms and processes of social support developed by transnational communities and migrant transnational

3. The research area Transnational Professional Support focuses on transnational challenges faced by local social services and will study professional concepts of social support in the context of transnational organisations. A more detailed account of the RTG’s principal research areas can be found online here.


Applicants for a doctoral scholarship need to have a university degree (MA) in Social Work, Education, Social Sciences, Law or Psychology and to have an exceptional track record of academic accomplishment. Applicants need to be familiar with the subject matter of the RTG, possess relevant knowledge of empirical social research, and have foreign language skills. International experience is desirable.

The applicant’s research project, which is to be described in a research proposal comprising no more than 10 pages, is of particular importance for our decision on the allocation of scholarships. The proposal should describe the main research question addressed by the applicant’s proposed project, the status of existing research on the topic, methodological considerations, the working plan including a time schedule, and any work on the topic that the applicant might have already completed.


Scholars will participate in the study programme and the activities of the RTG on an ongoing basis.

Consequently, scholars are expected to reside in Hildesheim or Mainz or their environs for the duration of the scholarship. Applications from abroad are expressly welcome.
Scholarship amounts are based on the grants principles of the German Research Foundation.

PhD Scholarships

They will receive 1,100 Euros per month plus 103 Euros materials allowance; childcare allowances will be granted as needed.

Application Procedure

A complete application must comprehend a curriculum vitae including a description of the applicant’s academic career, copies of certificates and diplomas, an academic reference on the applicant’s academic ability and research potential, final theses and a proposal of the aspired research project.

The University of Hildesheim and the University of Mainz recognise a need for an increased proportion of women in research and teaching. In the case of equally qualified candidates, women will be given preference over men. In the case of equally qualified candidates, those with a disability will be given preference.

Applications (two copies) for Doctoral Scholarships must be in either German or English and are to be sent by March 10, 2011 by mail either to

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schröer,
the Universität Hildesheim,
Institut für Sozial- und Organisationspädagogik,
Marienburger Platz 22,
31141 Hildesheim, Germany

or to the
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Schweppe,
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz,
Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft,
55099 Mainz,

For any further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schröer, email schroeer@unihildesheim.de or Prof. Dr. Cornelia Schweppe, email c.schweppe@uni-mainz.de.

The official webpage.

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