Application for scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation project
To facilitate the transition to the phase of doctoral studies after students have acquired the necessary qualification (Master's degree, diploma or similar), the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne is offering eight “Predoc” scholarships to help candidates prepare for their doctoral studies within six months, starting October 1st, 2017.
The a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School serves the entire Faculty of Arts and Humanities and covers all qualification levels of academic training in the arts and humanities – from Master to postdoc. The purpose of the scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation project (“Predoc” scholarship) is to enable candidates to begin working towards a doctorate at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne immediately after obtaining their Master's degrees.
With its distinctive interdisciplinary emphasis, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School encourages young scholars to go beyond the boundaries of their disciplines. This dialogic, cross-disciplinary approach fosters an understanding of a wide range of knowledge processes in all their complexity. a.r.t.e.s. is guided by an understanding of the humanities that transcends the divide between the natural sciences and the social sciences. It focuses on the complexity of conceptual intersections among language, history, culture, mediality, anthropology, and ethics.
The scholarship holders are supported for one semester during which they are able to focus on developing a doctoral project. They are also welcome to attend the a.r.t.e.s. colloquia and a.r.t.e.s. graduate classes through which they will be able to learn about other doctoral projects at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School at an early stage.
To apply for an a.r.t.e.s. scholarship for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation project, please send all your application documents (application form and file) by post. The deadline for applications is May 19, 2017 (application receipt). Additionally, please submit only the application form, which must be filled out digitally, as one (1) PDF file by e-mail to artes-application(at)uni-koeln.de.
The university diploma may be handed in later by June 13, 2017 (application receipt).
Please submit the following documents (single-sided, A4, loose sheets without paper clips, staples, or clear plastic folders):
- Completed application form available on the official website
- Covering letter providing a statement of your motivation to apply
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copy of university diploma
(intermediate certificates or Bachelor's degree diplomas are not required.)
(Please note: diplomas of universities from non-EU-countries have to be submitted as certified copies by post. These documents will be returned after the application process has been finalised.)
(Please note: Should your university diploma be not available even though you have already passed all of the required examinations, please submit a summary of all academic performances [e.g. Transcript of Records, and/or certification of the responsible examination office and/or supervisor, if applicable]. The final deadline for submitting all the documents is June 13, 2017. In any case, all examinations determining your final grade must have been passed in order to apply for the programme.)
- Letter of recommendation by a university professor
- Research proposal for the doctoral dissertation project
(6,000–8,000 characters plus appendix & bibliography)
- Work plan
(for the six months in question)
Please do not send original documents. The documents will not be returned.
Please send your complete application documents by May 19, 2017 (application receipt) to the following address:
a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne
University of Cologne
Dr. Artemis Klidis-Honecker
D - 50923 Cologne
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