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CfA: Workshop "Preparing for a Doctoral Project"


You want to pursue a doctoral project about Eastern and Southeastern Europe in history, cultural studies or social sciences, but you do not have a final dissertation proposal yet?

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (Munich and Regensburg, Germany) invites applications from graduates from non-German universities for the workshop “Preparing for a doctoral project”. The workshop takes place in Munich from June 1st to June 3rd, 2015. It aims at supporting students who have finished an M.A. program or are in the final phase of their graduate studies to prepare a PhD project, with which they can apply for a scholarship from the Graduate School.

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a cooperative post-graduate program organized by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich and the University of Regensburg. The School is funded by the German Excellence Initiative and was established in November 2012. The Graduate School organizes a comprehensive and competitive doctoral program with an interdisciplinary profile: its faculty comes from history, literary and language studies, art history, theatre studies, political sciences, and law. The Graduate School also studies the relationships and entanglements of Eastern and Southeastern Europe with other parts of the world. Therefore, specialist from other area studies (Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, North American Studies, European Studies) are included in the School’s faculty as well. The research of the Graduate School addresses three broad fields:

  • Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change
  • Cultural Systems
  • Infrastructure, Migration and Transfer of Knowledge

As part of its recruitment program, the Graduate School organizes an annual workshop for graduates from foreign universities in order to support them preparing an application for the Graduate School. We will invite up to ten graduate students, who will work with researchers of the Graduate School on potential dissertation projects. They will also be informed about the particularities of academia and PhD studies in Germany. The workshop as the curriculum of the Graduate School is held in English and German. Good knowledge of both languages is mandatory.

The Graduate School will cover the travel costs of the invited participants and their accommodation in twin rooms in Munich.

Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievements and their preliminary dissertation project.

The application must include:

  • short c.v.
  • abstract for a dissertation proposal (max. two pages)
  • abstract of your M.A. thesis (max. four pages)
  • copy of your last university certificate

Deadline for applications: April 26th, 2015.

For more information please contact Dr. Caroline Fricke and Dr. Heidrun Hamersky.