Workshop: Preparing for a Doctoral Project

Deadline: 14 May 2017
Open to: students who have finished Master’s program or are in the final phase of their graduate studies to prepare a PhD project
Venue: June 12 – 14, 2017 in Munich, Germany


You want to pursue a doctoral project about Eastern and Southeastern Europe in history, cultural studies or social sciences, but you do not have a final dissertation proposal yet? The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (Munich and Regensburg, Germany) invites applications from graduates from non-German universities for the workshop “Preparing for a doctoral project”, which will take place in Munich from June 12-14, 2017. Up to six graduate students will work with researchers of the Graduate School on drafting potential dissertation projects. The participants will also be informed about the particularities of academia and PhD studies in Germany. The workshop is held in English. Good knowledge of both languages is mandatory.
The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a joint programme by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and the Universität Regensburg. The School is funded by the German Excellence Initiative and was established in November 2012. The Graduate School organizes a comprehensive and competitive doctoral programme with an interdisciplinary profile: its faculty comes from historical, literary and language studies, art history, theatre studies, sociology, anthropology, and law. The Graduate School also studies the relationships and entanglements of Eastern and Southeastern Europe with other parts of the world. Therefore, specialists from other area studies (e.g. Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, North American Studies, European Studies) are included in the School’s faculty as well. The research of the Graduate School addresses three fields of research:
  • Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change;
  • Cultural Systems;
  • Infrastructure, Migration and Transfer of Knowledge.


Students who have finished a Master’s programme or are in the final phase of their graduate studies to prepare a PhD project, with which they can apply to a respective programme at a German university or for a scholarship from the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, in particular.


The Graduate School will cover the travel costs of the invited participants and their accommodation in twin rooms in Munich.

How to apply?

If you are interested in participating in the preparatory workshop, please submit your application in English or German online at The application must include:
  • Short CV;
  • Abstract for a dissertation proposal (max. three pages);
  • Abstract of your MA thesis (max. three pages);
  • Copy of your last university certificate.
Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievements and their preliminary dissertation project. Deadline for applications is May 14 2017.
For more information please contact – [email protected]

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