PhD Positions in Humanities and Social Sciences, Germany

Deadline: 20 October 2014
Open to: graduates in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities
Scholarship: €1,200 per month


The scholarship programme “Trajectories of Change”, organized by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius , addresses historical and current transformation processes in the European neighbourhood. It offers stipends and field work grants for Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences, and supports both empirical research and projects centred on theoretical reflection. For 2014, applications dealing with the changing relations between states and societies are especially welcome. Innovative research questions and comparative approaches are highly encouraged.

The programme offers flexible funding schemes for Ph.D. students at various stages of their dissertation research as well as for graduate students in the phase of Ph.D. project development:

  • Ph.D. Scholarships
  • Dissertation Completion Scholarships
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Grants
  • Fieldwork Grants


In order to be eligible for the Scholarship Programme “Trajectories of Change” , the applicant must have obtained a university degree that qualifies him or her for Ph.D. studies. Students applying for the pre-doctoral grants should expect to complete their degree in the same year.

The program is aimed exclusively at graduates who in the course of their studies have shown above-average academic aptitude and whose research project promises to yield independent and new findings.


The stipend for the scholarships is €1,200 per month. In case of pre-doctoral grants the financial support is limited to max. €5,000. This single grant should support the development of the dissertation project, including small-scale preliminary research and funds for participation in academy conferences.


Interested candidates must apply online HERE. You should prepare the research proposal, research plan, time schedule and a copy of your university degree as well as a photo and upload it at the end of the online application form.

The deadline to apply is 20 October 2014 for a stipend starting in February 2015.

For further information please visit the official website.

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