Start-Up Scholarships, University of Basel, Switzerland

Publish Date: Oct 26, 2015

Deadline: Nov 15, 2015

Start-Up Scholarships, University of Basel

The Graduate School of Social Sciences (G3S) at the University of Basel provides the institutional framework for all graduate programs within the Department of Social Sciences. The working languages of the school are English and German. We are advertising four start-up grants (30’000 CHF/12 months each) for the next academic year, beginning in April 2016. 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:

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), University of Basel

Petersgraben 9/11
CH-4051 Basel

The following documents must be included:

  • Letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae (with a list of publications if applicable)
  • Draft of the PhD project (approx. 5 pages)
  • 1-2 writing samples (at least one of which was submitted as an academic qualification requirement)
  • Academic diplomas or transcripts/excerpt of the study registry (specifying the date and grade of the MA-degree. The official MA-diploma may be handed in after the deadline, but no later than January 31st, 2016)

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

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