PhD Scholarships for Young Women Researchers in Bielefeld

Deadline: 15 June 2015
Open to: young women researchers with a M.A degree in sociology, political science, history, gender studies, social anthropology or other social science or humanities discipline
Scholarship: EUR 1,200 per month


Shortcuts is a programme to promote young women researchers financed by the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), the Faculty of Sociology and the Department of History of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology. The programme was initiated in the 2010 Summer Term and aims to actively support young women in their transition from masters to doctoral level. There are two components to Shortcuts: Workshops that aid preparations for doctoral study and scholarships for young women researchers. The Shortcuts programme consists of workshops on fundamental questions about doctoral study and academic careers. Workshops focus on both clarifying dissertation topics and writing a proposal as well as on possible fellowships and other financial support during the doctoral phase. Experienced trainers, teachers, and BGHS staff help participants to find a topic and clarify their motivation and support them in writing a proposal and applying for doctoral positions, fellowships and admission to a doctoral programme. A further element of the programme is regular exchange with other (future) doctoral researchers. Participants also have the opportunity to ask their own questions related to the topic of doctoral studies. The scholarship runs from 1 October 2015 to 31 January 2016.


The scholarships are available to women who have received a M.A degree and wish to pursue doctoral studies in history or sociology. Applicants must have a good command of German, as the Programme’s language is German. Applicants must hold a Master’s or Master’s of Education or Diploma Study degree (Diplomstudiengang) in sociology, political science, history, gender studies, social anthropology or other social science or humanities discipline. Applications from candidates who have only recently received their Master’s degree are welcomed to apply. A good knowledge of the German language is required. It is expected the scholars to be present on a regular basis.


Shortcuts scholarships give participants four months of financial independence to work on a doctoral thesis proposal so that they may apply for doctoral positions, fellowships, or admission to a doctoral programme. The fellowship consists of a monthly stipend of EUR 1,200. This amount will be supplemented by a child allowance if applicable.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 15 June 2015. For successful application please submit the following documents:

  • A one-page cover letter specifying your interest in a Shortcuts scholarship (around 400 words);
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Research proposal detailing your prospective doctoral thesis (700 words max.);
  • A summary of your Master’s or diploma thesis (700 words max.);
  • Letter of recommendation from your previous supervisor/advisor regarding your academic qualification;
  • Your Master’s or Diploma transcript or a preliminary certificate of completion from your Examination Office. This certificate must contain all marks including the final thesis mark. Please note that you can hand in your certificate and the transcript by the start of the Shortcuts scholarship. In this case, please add a confirmation document that you will have completely finished your studies by 1 September 2014.

Please e-mail all application documents in either German or English as one PDF file to Under “Subject” please write Shortcuts scholarship. The letter of recommendation can be mailed separately to the Graduate School.

For more information please follow the official website.

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