Starting Doctoral Scholarships at Basel Graduate School of History in Switzerland

Deadline: 31 March 2018
Open to: international students
Scholarship: around 25,886 EUR


The Basel Graduate School of History (BGSH) is delighted to offer Tender Starting Scholarships for support during the start phase of their doctorate. International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

The Basel Graduate School of History (BGSH) offers a structured graduate program in the field of history, based on the successful completion of doctorates. In the BGSH, doctoral candidates earn their doctorates in a network that is solid in terms of theory, methodology, and content, giving them the opportunity for intellectual discussion and international networking.

The purpose of the scholarships is to support you during the starting phase of your doctorate.


The scholarships are intended for graduates who hold a Master’s degree or an equivalent qualification in History, and who are interested in carrying out research in one of the following areas: Medieval History, Early Modern History, Modern and Contemporary History, Eastern European History, Jewish History, Global History. A high level of motivation is expected, with the ability to carry out a research project independently over the course of several years as an active member of the BGSH, and to contribute to academic debates both within and outside the Department of History. For further information on the fields of study at the BGSH see:


The Basel Graduate School of History offers a structured graduate studies programme in history within an intellectually inspiring environment. Doctoral students at the BGSH benefit from a rich scholarly exchange, joint workshops and research seminars, and a vast international and interdisciplinary network. Moreover, the BGSH offers further instruments to pursue your doctoral project and supports the realization of own scholarly events. The 1-year scholarship amounts to around 25,886 EUR (or CHF 30,000) and is paid in two tranches (with intermediate evaluation).

How to Apply?

The application is to be submitted electronically

In addition, please email the following documents to the coordinator at the Basel Graduate School of History, Dr. Roberto Sala (roberto.sala(at);

1. Covering letter;
2. CV (including a list of publications, where applicable);
3. Outline of the dissertation project (max. 3 pages) ;
4. Degree certificate;
5. One or two text samples (incl. master thesis or equivalent).

Please submit the documents in two separate pdf files:

  • Documents 1 to 4: one single file with the title >[surname]-bew.pdf<;
  • Text samples: one single file with the title >[surname]-texte.pdf<.

Applications can be submitted in German, French, or English. Applicants who are about to complete their studies can apply, provided that they can submit an official graduation certificate no later than 8th of June 2018. Applications from doctoral students already enrolled at other institutions will not be considered. Holders of a starter scholarship must enroll as PhD students at the University of Basel.

For more information please visit the official website.