The prerequisite for admission to the PhD program in Buddhist Studies is an outstanding specialist qualification as well as an above-average Magister Artium or Master of Arts degree (or an equivalent diploma) in a relevant field of study. Also, a certain level of proficiency in German is required but can be obtained after enrolment. We welcome applications from students in the final phase of their Magister or Master’s degree.
Knowledge of at least one of the historical source languages of Buddhism is required. Students will have the opportunity to acquire (further) language skills during the PhD program.
The degree can be started in winter or summer terms. Applications for the winter semester should be received by 1st June of the current year; applications for the summer semester should be received by 1st December of the preceding year. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been successful by the end of July or the end of January respectively.
The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will select promising candidates, who then have to submit their materials to the DAAD. Subsequently, an election committee chosen by the DAAD decides upon the successful candidates. It is expected that the successful candidates will be chosen and informed by February or March 2015.
The prerequisites for application are non-German citizenship (foreign applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than fifteen months at the time of their application), a Master of Arts or Magister Artium degree or equivalent, excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist source language, outstanding qualifications in the subject, and fluency in English. A basic knowledge of German is also desirable, though not a prerequisite, but willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be expected. It is desirable that, at the time of the application, the last final examination has taken place no more than six years ago.
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