PhD Research Positions at University of Freiburg, Germany

Deadline: 14 September, 2012
Open to: Candidates with Master degrees or equivalents with above average results in the disciplines of History, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science or Ethnology
Scholarship: Not stated


“Friends, Patrons, Clients. Practice and semantics of friendship and patronage in historical, anthropological and cross-cultural perspectives” is a PhD research group (Graduiertenkolleg 1288) which analyse personal relations that go beyond the context of family and kinship in different historical periods and different cultures, covering symmetrical ties of loyalty (between equals) as well as asymmetrical ones (patronage, clientage). 8 Doctoral Positions (TV-L E 13, 60%) are available from 1 December 2012.
These positions are initially available for eighteen months. Subject to evidence of satisfactory progress at the end of this period, these positions can be further extended up to a maximum total duration of three years.
The PhD Research Group is comprised of the following disciplines: History (from antiquity to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the history of Eastern Europe and China); Philosophy; Sociology; Political Science; Ethnology. Candidates are expected to have a Masters degree or equivalent with above average results.


Your application should be sent to [email protected]  and should include all of the items listed below (as a PDF, rtf or Word document); the total file size should not exceed 3 MB (complete application).

  1. Completed application form, available HERE
  2. Outline of proposed research project (5-6 pages)
  3. Outline of proposed work schedule with time plan (2 pages)
  4. CV (in tabular form)
  5. Scan of university diplomas/certificates
  6. Scan of school leaving certificates/qualifications
  7. Bibliography (if required)

In addition, two letters of recommendation from university teachers are required.  These can either be sent directly by your referees to the email address given above or in a sealed envelope to the following address:

Universität Freiburg
Graduiertenkolleg 1288
c/o Historisches Seminar
Rempartstr. 15
79085 Freiburg

The closing date for applications is 14 September 2012. Any queries can be directed either to the Coordinator ([email protected])or to the chair of the PhD Research Group ([email protected]).

For more detailed information please visit the official website.

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