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University of Cologne Fast Track Scholarships 2017, Germany

Publish Date: Apr 26, 2017

Deadline: May 19, 2017

Fast Track scholarships

Starting October 1st, 2017 the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne offers Fast Track doctoral scholarships over a period of three years.

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 Fast Track doctoral scholarships allow students in the last semester of their Master’s studies to immediately be admitted as doctoral students to the structured model of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, the 'Integrated Track'. If you are granted a Fast Track doctoral scholarship, you will join the doctoral class of the Integrated Track that was accepted in the summer semester 2017 in their second semester. The Integrated Track enables students to complete a high-quality doctoral dissertation within three years in a lively interdisciplinary research environment.

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 involving among language, history, culture, mediality, anthropology, and ethics.

Candidates admitted to the structured doctoral model Integrated Track are supervised by a team of three researchers and participate in study a curriculum that includes, among other things, the regular attendance of regular meetings with one of the interdisciplinary graduate classes.


Each year, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School offers doctoral scholarships, awarding at least fifty percent of them to students who completed their studies at a university other than the University of Cologne. All applicants meeting the scholarship requirements will enter the selection process and will be reviewed by independent experts, who will determine a ‘review grade’. None of these experts are members of more than one committee. In addition to the review grade, the class mentors and the coordinator of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School will agree upon a ‘commission grade’ in a commission meeting. Each grade makes up fifty percent of the overall score. Invitations to selection interviews will be issued based on this overall score. All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in person by a committee consisting of the class mentors, the coordinator of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, and, in case of external candidates from a University other than Cologne, by the prospective supervisor at the University of Cologne. Important criteria informing the selection process during the interview include, among other aspects, an assessment of the candidate’s potential to engage with the interdisciplinary framework of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School.

Call for Proposals

The Fast Track doctoral scholarships address excellent graduates of the humanities. To be eligible, candidates must present a viable proposal for a doctoral dissertation which must qualify for immediate acceptance into the structured doctoral model of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, the Integrated Track. Since the doctoral projects of the scholarship holders will be supervised by professors at the University of Cologne, applicants are urged to contact potential supervisors during the course of application.

The Fast Track doctoral scholarship is a full scholarship of EUR 1.250 per month that is awarded for three years starting October 1st, 2017.

Please submit your application until May 19, 2017. The interviews will take place at the end of the summer semester 2017.

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