The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies Scholarships

Deadline: 23 July 2017
Open to: graduates with a Master’s, magister, german diploma, state examination or equivalent degree
Scholarship: basic monthly stipend of EUR 1.365, plus expenses


The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (Munich/Regensburg, Germany) calls for applications for up to 3 positions as a research assistant (PhD candidate position) – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and up to 3 PhD scholarships (beginning November 15, 2017).

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a joint program by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and the Universität Regensburg. The School is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative and started in November 2012. Research at the Graduate School is conducted in three broad interdisciplinary fields:

  • Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change;
  • Cultural Systems;
  • Infrastructure, Migration, and Transfer of Knowledge.

Research at the Graduate School focuses particularly on interrelations and interdependencies between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the world.

In the context of its primary focus on East and Southeast Europe, the Graduate School draws on the following disciplines: History, Literary and Language Studies, Art History, Theatre Studies, Social Sciences, and Law.

In the context of cross-regional comparisons and transfer studies the School’s expertise in Area Studies is complemented by insights from Chinese, Japanese and North American Studies.


Applicants need to have:

  • Very good graduate degree (Master’s, Magister, German Diploma, State Examination or equivalent degree);
  • Independent research project within the fields of interest to the Graduate School;
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research questions and sensitivity for transnational and spatial perspectives;
  • Knowledge of German and English;
  • Knowledge of the language of the research object.


Beginning November 15, 2017, available for 18 months with the option of extension for another 24 months, the Graduate School offers the following doctoral positions:

  • Up to 3 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part-time (65 %);
  • Up to 3 Ph.D. Scholarships.

These Research Assistant positions are assigned to conduct an independent Ph.D. project. The remuneration is based on Grade E 13 (65%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale. It includes a teaching obligation of one semester hour per week.

Ph.D. Scholarships are awarded with a basic monthly stipend of 1.365 Euro, plus travel funds, grants for material costs as well as child-care expenses in accordance with DFG guidelines where applicable.

Both forms of doctoral positions can be realized either at the LMU Munich or at the Universität Regensburg, depending on the advisor’s assignment.

The holders of both the doctoral positions and the scholarships will be expected to:

  • Successfully conduct an independent research project which contributes to the Graduate School’s research fields;
  • Participate in the Graduate School’s seminars and qualification program.

How to apply?

Applicants need to submit:

  • Research proposal of 4 to 6 pages;
  • Work plan and time schedule;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Degree certificates (after higher education entrance qualification);
  • Abstract of the Master’s thesis;
  • List of publications if applicable;
  • References by two university professors.

Please submit the complete application online.

For more information, please visit the official website.

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