10 Doctoral Fellowships in the a.r.t.es. EUmanities Programme, Germany

Publish Date: Sep 13, 2016

Deadline: Oct 31, 2016

a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities is a pioneering programme of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne for establishing a European Graduate School for the Humanities. Starting in April 2017, a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities will provide 10 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) fellowships, training young scholars to excel in research and cope with the global challenges Europe is facing.

The ESR fellowships will have a duration of 36 months per person. The ESRs will be employed full-time (living allowance 3,073 EUR gross plus mobility, travel and family allowances) and will be enrolled in the structured doctoral model “Integrated Track” of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School. ESRs may apply for:

  • a.r.t.e.s. EU if they suggest the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School as their host institution and a European partner university for the mandatory outgoing phase.
  • a.r.t.e.s. global if they propose a research project outside Europe suggesting a global host institution of their choice and the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School as the host institution for the mandatory return period.
  • Application deadline: October 31, 2016

    All applications for doctoral fellowships in the a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities programme are to be submitted only via e-mail to artes-EUmanities(at)uni-koeln.de.

    Please submit the following documents:

    1. Filled-in application form
    (Please note: First of all, download the PDF application form to your PC as filling it out in the browser frequently causes problems. Fill it out and save your entries. To minimize the chance of complications, we advise you to fill out the form using the latest version of the official Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

    2. Please additionally submit the following documents as one (1) separate PDF-file:

    • Cover lette
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Copy of University diploma & Transcript of records
    • Copy of University entrance certificate
    • Research proposal concerning the research project (three to five pages, in either German or English)
      (Please note: The research proposal should also convey that the discipline in which the dissertation will be written is an eligible research field that is part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne.)
    • Expert report on the dissertation project regarding the quality of the research project in either German or English
      (Please note: This document can be submitted separately.)
    • Written proof of vocational or other training times, medical certificates of disabilities and/or other impairments, etc. (if applicable)

    Both documents (application form and the PDF-file with the further documents) can be submitted in one e-mail. Please ensure that the size of the attached files complies with the requirements of your e-mail provider.

    Please note that the university diploma and the transcript of records may be handed in later by November 15, 2016 at the latest. All other documents must be submitted by the application deadline of October 31, 2016 at the latest.

    For all questions concerning a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities please visit our FAQ or contact artes-EUmanities(at)uni-koeln.de. If you have any further questions regarding doctoral studies at the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities in general, please visit the FAQ of the Central Doctoral Office.

Wo is eligible for the a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities programme?

Eligible are candidates who meet the following criteria:
- ESR eligibility criteria (see below "Who is an an "Early Stage Researcher" (ESR)?")
- MSCA mobility rule (see below "How does the MSCA mobility rule apply to a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities?")
- a.r.t.e.s. Integrated Track eligibility criteria (see below "Who is eligible for the a.r.t.e.s. Integrated Track?")

Who is an Early Stage Researcher (ESR)?

An Early Stage Researcher (ESR) is a researcher who is in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of her/his research career and has not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when she/he obtained the degree which would formally entitle her/him to embark on a doctorate, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged. The four years ESR eligibility threshold can be extended for justified career breaks.

How does the "MSCA Mobility Rule" apply to a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities?

- Candidates for the EU fellowship "a.r.t.e.s. EU" must not have lived in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately preceding April 2017.
- Candidates for the global fellowship "a.r.t.e.s. global" must not have lived in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately preceding April 2017.

Who is eligible for the a.r.t.e.s. Integrated Track?

Candidates are eligible for the Integrated Track if they earned:
1. A qualified Master’s degree or a comparable university degree in a thematically relevant research field of the Faculty (see below "In which disciplines is it possible to obtain a doctorate at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne?").
2. A minimum grade of 2.0 (according to the German grading system) of the qualified Master’s degree or the comparable university degree.

By when must I submit my application?

The application deadline for the a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities programme is October 31, 2016. There is a slightly later deadline for the submission of your degree diploma, these will be required by November 15, 2016.

What documents can I submit at a later date and what deadlines apply?

You can submit your university diploma, the transcript of records by November 15, 2016. All other documents must be submitted by the application deadline of October 31, 2016 at the latest.ժ

Will the receipt of my application be confirmed?

Once we have received your application you will automatically receive a confirmation message at your email address. After having viewed the application documents we will send you an additional formal confirmation of receipt.

How should I submit my application?

All applications are to be submitted electronically via e-mail. Please follow the instructions for the submission of the application documents.

What is the "mobility concept"?

The mobility concept is a statement within the application form regarding the suggested European or global partner institution for the mobility phase within the EU fellowship "a.r.t.e.s. EU" or global fellowship "a.r.t.e.s. global".

What is the "multilingual research concept"?

The multilingual research concept is a statement within the application form attesting the candidate’s language and personal skills which enable him or her to cope with the language demands of the destination(s) of the mobility phase, regarding the languages pertinent to the research project as well as the language requirements of their suggested partner institution.

What is the "interdisciplinary concept"?

The interdisciplinary concept is a statement within the application form regarding the disciplines concerned by the research proposals as well as the suggested interdisciplinary graduate class the ESR would like to attend.

What is the"ethical issue sheet"?

The ethical issue sheet is a statement within the application form regarding the ethical issues concerned by the research proposal. The candidates are asked to check carefully which ethical issues listed in the form concern their research and to state briefly which kind of strategy or support they will need in order to cope with such issues.

What level of German language proficiency do I need to apply?

There are no formal requirements regarding German language proficiency. Please bear in mind, however, that German is the language that is generally in use at a.r.t.e.s. and that knowledge of the German language will thus help you interact and exchange information with colleagues from other disciplines. You may provide a statement concerning your knowledge of German in your cover letter.

What is the "dissertation project expert report" and who can write it?

The dissertation project expert report relates directly to the doctoral project on which your application to a.r.t.e.s. is based. The review does not have to be prepared by your prospective dissertation supervisor or by a member of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne who is entitled to confer doctorates. It may also be prepared by a university lecturer working at another German or at an international university. There are no formal specifications for the review. The review may be sent directly to a.r.t.e.s. – please make a reference to this in your cover letter.

Do I need to already have a supervisor at the University of Cologne in order to apply for the a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities programme?

No, you do not. You should, however, be in the process of seeking contact with a potential supervisor. If you already have confirmation of academic supervision from a professor at the University of Cologne, you may include a copy with your application. However, you are not required to do so at this point. Please consider that the primary supervisor must be a member of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne and that a joint supervision agreement with an international university (co-tutelage) is envisaged for every fellow of the programme. Special regulations apply to doctorates under co-tutelage supervision.

In which disciplines is it possible to obtain a doctorate at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne?

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne only offers doctoral degrees in the listed disciplines. If you are unsure, please contact a lecturer of the University of Cologne in your discipline to clarify whether or not your project fits within any of these fields (list of the institutes at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities). It may be possible under certain circumstances and, if adequate supervision is available at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, it may be possible to select a discipline that is not identical with the field in which you obtained your university degree. Our doctoral disciplines are as follows:

African Studies (Afrikanistik)
Egyptology (Ägyptologie)
General Linguistics (Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft)
Ancient History (Alte Geschichte)
Anglo-American History (Anglo-Amerikanische Geschichte)
Classical Archaeology or Archaeology of the Roman Provinces (Klassische Archäologie oder Archäologie der römischen Provinzen)
Byzantine Studies (Byzantinistik)
Digital Humanities
Didactics of History (Didaktik der Geschichte)
German Philology (Deutsche Philologie)
English Philology (Englische Philologie)
Social and Cultural Anthropology (Ethnologie)
Protestant Theology (Evangelische Theologie)
Finnish Studies (Fennistik)
Geography (Geographie)
Greek Philology (Griechische Philologie)
Historical and Comparative Linguistics (Historisch-vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft)
Iberian and Latin American History (Iberische und Lateinamerikanische Geschichte)
Indology and Tamil Studies (Indologie und Tamilistik)
Information Processing (Informationsverarbeitung)
Japanese Studies (Japanologie)
Jewish Studies (Judaistik)
Catholic Theology (Katholische Theologie)
Art History (Kunstgeschichte)
Latin Philology (Lateinische Philologie)
Linguistics (Linguistik)
Medieval Latin Philology (Mittellateinische Philologie)
Medieval History (Mittelalterliche Geschichte)
Musicology (Musikwissenschaft)
Modern and Recent History (Neuere und Neueste Geschichte)
Dutch Studies (Niederlandistik)
North American Studies
Oriental Philology with the study focus areas Islamic Studies or Indonesian Philology (Orientalische Philologie mit den Schwerpunkten Islamwissenschaft oder Indonesische Philologie)
Eastern European History (Osteuropäische Geschichte)
Philosophy (Philosophie)
Phonetics (Phonetik)
Romance Philology (Romanische Philologie)
Regional Studies China (Regionalstudien China)
Regional Studies Latin America (Regionalstudien Lateinamerika)
Regional Studies Eastern and Central Europe: study focus Russia or Poland (Regionalstudien Ost- und Mitteleuropa: Schwerpunkt Russland oder Polen)
Chinese Studies (Sinologie/China-Studien)
Scandinavian Studies (Skandinavistik)
Slavonic Studies (Slavistik)
Theatre and Media Studies (Theater- und Medienwissenschaft)
Pre- and Early History (Ur- und Frühgeschichte)

* The subject Geography can only be selected for doctoral studies if a consultant is available to whom the Faculty of Arts and Humanities has conferred the right to confer doctorates in accordance with Sect. 8 par. 1 sent. 3.

Do I need to be resident in Cologne?

Yes, during the time of the fellowship, besides the mandatory mobility phase, you are required to live and work in Cologne.

How can I tell if my doctoral dissertation project conforms to the a.r.t.e.s. model?

The a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School is the graduate school of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and its model thus covers the full range of subjects studied in the related disciplines. If you are uncertain if your doctoral project is suitable for a.r.t.e.s., we would recommend that you take a look at the curriculum of the seven interdisciplinary graduate classes and at current current Integrated Track doctoral projects. If you think it is necessary, you are welcome to explain in your cover letter why you believe your project meets the requirements of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School.

What language should the research proposal of the dissertation project be written in?

The research proposal can be submitted in German or English.

Can I apply for financial support to help me finish my current doctoral dissertation project?

The doctoral fellowships at a.r.t.e.s. are designed exclusively for doctoral candidates who start their doctoral project at a.r.t.e.s. and finish it within three years. Thus, a.r.t.e.s does not provide financial support to enable applicants to finish their current doctoral projects.

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