Fellowships at Berlin Graduate School, Muslim Cultures and Societies

Deadline: 15 November 2013
Open to: candidates with Master’s degree and advanced English proficiency
Fellowship: a Graduate School grant or support in the quest for funding


The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments will admit up to fifteen PhD students to its doctoral programme to begin on 1 October 2014.

The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. It invites applications from candidates whose dissertation project fits one of the Graduate School’s Research Areas. Applications in the fields of education, communication, mediality, and media studies, and Islam and Muslims in the West are especially encouraged. Admission is for one year, and, contingent upon a positive evaluation after the first year of study, will be extended for another twelve months. Admission and grant can be extended for a total of three years.


The formal prerequisite for application to the programme is a master’s degree in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School (see List of Principal Investigators), with ranking, where applicable, of above average (or German Magister or Diplom, with a grade of “very good”).

As English will be the primary language of communication, students are expected to have advanced English-language proficiency. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) relevant to their projects. It is assumed that language skills can be improved during the course of the doctoral programme.


Up to ten of the candidates will receive a Graduate School grant; the other candidates will be supported in their quest for funding.


The application package needs to include the following documents:

  • a completed and signed application form;
  • an outline of the dissertation project (up to 6 pages, with a brief summary);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • certified copies of degrees received;
  • proof of proficiency in English (native speakers of English or applicants who have graduated from an English speaking university in a country with English as an official language are exempt from this verification);
  • evidence of proficiency in the language(s) relevant to the dissertation project.
  • two letters of recommendation have to be sent by the referees directly to BGSMCS via e-mail as signed electronic letters. Holders of PhD scholarships that were awarded on the basis of academic references for the same project with which applicants apply to the Graduate School can submit copies of these references.

Applications will be reviewed by the School’s Admissions and Grants Committee. The complete application package must be submitted, compiled to one pdf file, by 15 November 2013, to: [email protected]

Before submitting the application please read the application guidelines. For further information, please contact the Graduate School’s office at [email protected]

Read the official call and visit the official website.

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