PhD Research Group: Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies, Germany

Deadline: 20 July, 2013
Open to: candidates with completed relevant university studies in line with the requirements for admission to doctoral studies at the participating universities.
Fundings: Various funding instruments are available to the candidates


The newly established DFG Research Training Group 1878 ‘Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies’ is an initiative by the ‘Verbund archaeologischer Institutionen in Koeln und Bonn’. The Research Training Group will begin on 1 November 2013 but is inviting now for applications for 16 PhD-positions.

The aim of the RTG is to record economic systems and economic areas of premodern societies in terms of their structure, efficiency and dynamics (genesis, transformation processes through to a potential dissolution) as well as to analyse them in interaction with their respective physical geographical, political, societal, religious and cultural conditions. The investigations will be focussed along three lines of research, ‘Economic Networks’, ‘Settlement Centres and Their Environs’ and ‘Religious Institutions as Economic Units’. More detailed information can be found in the research programme.

The following subjects are involved: Pre- and Early History, Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Christian Archaeology, Byzantine Studies, Ancient American Studies, Ancient History, Ethnology, Historical Geography. Applications are also possible from neighbouring disciplines, as long as support in Cologne/Bonn is assured.

Enquirers can either apply for the dissertation topics proposed here or develop their own project proposals within the framework of the outlined research programme. The RTG language is German. Language lessons can be taken free of charge if required. The dissertation may also be written in another language.



Application requirements: Completed relevant university studies in line with the requirements for admission to doctoral studies at the participating universities.

Application documents:

  • Completed application form
  • CV (résumé)
  • Copies of references
  • Digital version (PDF) plus summary (2 pages) of the Magister / Master dissertation
  • Outline of ideas (max. 5 pages) on the planned dissertation project
  • Names and addresses of two university teachers who will be able, if necessary, to provide further information about the applicant

Applications in German or English should be sent in electronic form by 20 July 2013 to the RTG spokespeople, Prof. Dr. Martin Bentz and Prof. Dr. Michael Heinzelmann at the following e-mail address: (subject: Bewerbung Grako).

For any questions or concerns which you might have please direct to the responsible contact persons available here.

For more information please visit the official website.

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