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4 PhD Start-Up Scholarships at Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland

Publish Date: Apr 02, 2015

Deadline: Apr 30, 2015

Funding Period: October 1st, 2015 - September 30th, 2016
Submission Deadline: April 30th, 2015

We are advertising four start-up grants (30’000 CHF/12 months each) for the next academic year, beginning in October 2015. The scholarships are meant to support graduates in the early stages of their PhD, during which they will develop research proposals for submission to a funding body such as the Swiss National Science Foundation in order to acquire financial support for the remaining duration of their PhD-projects.

Doctoral students in the G3S should have a background in a discipline of the Department of Social Sciences (e.g. anthropology, cultural anthropology, middle eastern studies, political science, sociology, see also: They may likewise be trained in interdisciplinary fields also represented at G3S:

•    PhD Program Gender Studies
•    Centre for African Studies
•    MUBIT: Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
•    PhD Program Science of Religion
•    International Graduate School North-South
•    Sustainability Research
•    PhD Programs Cultural Anthropology

The scholarships are directed at students holding a Master’s degree in one of the fields of G3S. Dissertation projects are supervised by faculty members of the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Basel. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to contact potential supervisors concurrently to their application for a G3S-scholarship for preparatory project counsel.

Candidates should be highly motivated to carry out an independent research project in an interdisciplinary environment and show a vivid interest in current debates of the social sciences. Applicants may explicate how their PhD-project relates to our current focus “Global Streams of Knowledge, Commodities and People”.

Applications (English or German) may be submitted via email or in paper form to:

Dr. Günter Schmidt
Graduate School of Social Sciences (G3S)
Universität Basel
Petersgraben 9/11
CH-4051 Basel Schweiz

The following documents must be included:
•    Letter of motivation
•    Curriculum Vitae (with a list of publications if applicable)
•    Draft of the Ph.D. project (approx. 5 pages)
•    1-2 writing samples (at least one of which was submitted as an academic qualification requirement)
•    Diplomas/ academic transcripts/ excerpt of the study registry

The start-up grants will be transferred to successful candidates in two installments of CHF 15’000 each; one in October 2015 and the second one in April 2016 after evaluation of the candidates’ activities during the first six months.

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