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University of Cologne Graduate School for the Humanities Scholarship Program 2017, Germany

Publish Date: Sep 05, 2017

Deadline: Nov 03, 2017

Scholarship application

Starting in April 2018, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne will award 9 Integrated Track doctoral scholarships.

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 structured model of doctoral studies of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, the so-called “Integrated Track”, enables students to complete a high-quality 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 aims to foster an understanding of a wide range of knowledge processes in all their complexity. Seeking to bridge the disciplinary divide between the humanities and the natural sciences, a.r.t.e.s. focuses on the complex intersections between 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 a curriculum that includes, among other things, the 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’. 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

a.r.t.e.s. addresses excellent graduates of the humanities who are still in the process of developing their doctoral dissertation projects. Since the doctoral projects of the scholarship holders will be supervised by professors of the University of Cologne, applicants are urged to contact potential supervisors during the course of application.

The a.r.t.e.s. doctoral scholarship is a full scholarship of EUR 1,400 per month that is awarded for three years starting April 1, 2018.

Please submit your application by November 3, 2017. The interviews will take place in February 2018.

Application requirements

In addition to an outstanding final degree, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School particularly seeks to promote young talented graduates who have successfully completed their studies as quickly as possible and who look for immediate funding opportunities after their final examination. The a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School welcomes applications from young graduates expeditiously and who strive for dissertation project supplementation directly after their final examination. In this framework, a.r.t.e.s. also wants to support young researchers with a non-academic family background.

Information regarding double/multiple applications

Please note: It is not possible to apply simultaneously for an a.r.t.e.s. doctoral scholarship and for a fellowship in the a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities programme in the winter semester 2017/18.

If you have – successfully or not – applied for a funding programme of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School in the summer semester 2017, we kindly ask you to read the additional information regarding double/multiple applications in our FAQ.

When applying for an a.r.t.e.s. doctoral scholarship in the winter semester 2017/18, you may not apply again for other funding programmes of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School in the summer semester 2018.

Application Documents

To apply for an a.r.t.e.s. doctoral scholarship, please send all your application documents (application form and additional documents) by post. The deadline for applications is November 3, 2017 (application receipt). Additionally, please submit only the application form – completed digitally – as one (1) PDF file by e-mail to artes-application(at)

Please submit the following documents (single-sided, A4, loose sheets without paper clips, staples, or clear plastic folders):

  • Completed application form
    (Please note: Please do not complete the application form in your browser. Instead, save the file on your computer and use the "Acrobat Reader" or an equivalent programme to complete it.)
  • Covering letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if applicable)
  • Copy of university diploma (final degree)
    (Please note: 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. These documents will be returned after the application process has been finalised.)
  • Copy of Transcript of Records
  • Report on degree thesis (e.g. M. A. thesis)
  • Research proposal for the doctoral dissertation project
    (7,000–12,000 characters plus appendix & bibliography)
  • Expert report on the doctoral dissertation project

Please do not send original documents! The documents will not be returned.

The university diploma and the report on your degree thesis may be handed in later. The deadline for this is November 28, 2017 (application receipt).

Please send your complete application documents by November 3, 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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