8 Doctoral Positions at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich

Deadline: 6 September 2015
Open to: applicants with a four-year MA degree (or the equivalent) and thesis in the field of ancient studies
Fellowship: salary grade 13 TV-L/65 % (approximately EUR 2100 gross per month)


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is one of the leading European universities with a tradition reaching back more than 500 years. The university established in 2012 the Graduate School “Distant Worlds: Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies” which is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The Graduate School is an interdisciplinary research network that brings together LMU Munich and research institutions in Munich to provide an optimal environment for disciplinary research and the promotion of junior academics in the field of ancient studies. As part of its doctoral study and postdoctoral training programme, the Graduate School will combine research from a broad spectrum of disciplines within the field of ancient studies. The Graduate School invites applications for eight (8) doctoral positions starting 1 November 2015. The positions are limited to two years; the possibility of applying for a one-year extension is currently under consideration and will be decided as of 2016. Each of the positions will be integrated into a junior research group. The junior research groups are oriented towards one of the seven focus areas below:

  • Constructions of norms;
  • Constructions of elites;
  • Constructions of the “beautiful”;
  • Organisation of coexistence;
  • Organisation of exchange;
  • Organisation of dealing with dissent;
  • Organisation of memory and forgetting.

Successful candidates will conduct a dissertation project within their individual discipline. The projects will be chosen by the candidates themselves and should contribute to one of the seven focus areas. In pursuing their research, candidates will be supported by mentors chosen from the group of Principal Investigators of the School. They will collaborate with other doctoral students in an interdisciplinary junior research group coordinated by a postdoctoral researcher. They will participate in the research training programme of the School. Together with their mentors they will select relevant courses from this programme in order to develop their academic profile.


In order to apply, candidates will need to have completed a four-year MA degree (or the equivalent) with thesis in the field of ancient studies with outstanding results. Applicants will need to submit a proposal for a dissertation project. They should demonstrate their openness towards working in an interdisciplinary context as well as an interest in basic and theoretical questions.


The salary grade for the position is 13 TV-L/65 % (approximately EUR 2100 gross per month). The School offers the scope for individual academic development and an inspiring research environment.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 6 September 2015. Please submit the following required application documents electronically:

  • As one pdf-file (max. 5 MB):
    • Application letter (letter of motivation);
    • Curriculum vitae;
    • Degree certificates;
    • Research proposal (max. 7.500 characters incl. spaces) plus bibliography;
    • Sample of your written work, e.g. from your Master’s thesis (app. length: 10–12 pages);
    • If relevant, list of publications.
  • As doc- or docx-file: Completed application form.
  • 2 Letters of reference: To be emailed directly by the referees to [email protected] citing the reference number DW-Doc/15-2_your_name.

Please submit your complete application in German or English citing the reference number DW-Doc/15-2_your_name exclusively via email to: [email protected]

For more information please visit the official website.

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