PhD Scholarship for Muslim Cultural Studies, Berlin

Deadline: 30 November 2012
Open to: candidates holding master’s degrees whose dissertation projects fit into the Berlin Graduate Schools’ research areas; applications are especially encouraged in the fields of education, communication, mediality, and media studies, and Islam and Muslims in the West.
Scholarship: approximately €1,400 per month


The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. The area of study includes Muslim societies in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as Muslim communities in Europe and North America. The Graduate School examines, in a systematic and comparative way, concepts, practices, and institutions variously understood as Islamic. Special attention is given to relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, as well as forms of inter- and intra-cultural communication.

In close cooperation with its partner institutions in Germany and abroad, the Graduate School offers doctoral candidates a broad educational programme of exceptional quality coupled with intensive mentoring for individual dissertation projects, training that will qualify graduates to hold leading positions in academia, the media, and politics.

The Graduate School’s three-year doctoral programme begins October 1st 2013. Up to 15 doctoral students are admitted annually, ten of whom are awarded scholarships of approximately €1,400 per month provided by the Graduate School. The other candidates will be supported in their quest for funding. The program is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments and by Freie Universität Berlin.


The Graduate School invites applications from candidates whose dissertation projects fit one of the Graduate School’s Research Areas. Applications in the fields of education, communication, mediality, and media studies, and Islam and Muslims in the West are especially encouraged.

Successful applicants will have a master’s degree in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School, with a ranking, where applicable, of above average. See the list of principal investigators and their disciplines HERE.

The language of communication is English. Admission is for one year, and, contingent upon a positive evaluation after the first year of study, will be extended for another twelve months. Admission and the grant can be extended for a total of three years.


Please send your application by 3o November 2012 with all documents compiled to one pdf-file to: The application package must include the following documents:

  • a completed and signed application form AVAILALBE HERE;
  • an outline of the dissertation project (up to 6 pages, with a brief summary);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • certified copies of degrees received;
  • proof of proficiency in English (native speakers of English or applicants who have graduated from an English speaking university in a country with English as an official language are exempt from this verification);
  • evidence of proficiency in the language(s) relevant to the dissertation project.

Two letters of recommendation have to be sent by the referees directly to BGSMCS via e-mail as signed electronic letters. Holders of PhD scholarships that were awarded on the basis of academic references for the same project with which applicants apply to the Graduate School can submit copies of these references.

Please read the Guidelines for Application AVAILABLE HERE before compiling your application. More information about applications is also AVAILABLE HERE.

Applications will be reviewed by the School’s Admissions and Grants Committee. Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic qualifications and the relevance of the proposed dissertation project to the research programme of the Graduate School. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews may be conducted via Skype or telephone. All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact the Graduate School’s office at, find the original call for applications HERE, or read more about the program at the official website HERE.

2 thoughts on “PhD Scholarship for Muslim Cultural Studies, Berlin

  1. Hello,
    I from turkey and ı study about psychology in bosnia and hersegovina. i need scholarship because ı dont have orderly money from my parents and also ı dont have father. My father die in 2003, after my father we had bad times and i still have bad times. i dont have any scholarship or income from anywhere. I need this scholarship for continue and finish my faculty. Thank you so much.

    1. Dear Kasim Aydin,

      We feel sorry for your difficult situation, but please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Please read eligibility criteria and check, if you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. You can apply directly to the University (application form you can find above). We wish you good luck.

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      Mladiinfo team

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