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BGSMCS Doctoral Grants for International Students in Germany, 2018

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies are offering grants for PhD students to apply for its doctoral programme, which is to begin on 1 October 2018.

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) investigate 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.

As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at BGSMCS, students are expected to have advanced English-language proficiency.

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Scholarship Description: 

  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Course Level: Grants are available to pursue doctoral programme.
  • Study Subject: The Graduate School is a joint project of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, which brings together scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and area studies.
  • Scholarship Award: Three scholarships for candidates in history and cultural studies will be funded by Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Two further positions for PhD students with Chinese citizenship are available through the cooperation of the Chinese Scholarship Council and Freie Universität Berlin’s Beijing Office (FU-CSC PhD Scholarship). Funding for more scholarships is currently pending approval. Candidates with a fellowship or grant by a third party are also encouraged to apply. If admitted, they will be full members of the Graduate School with access to all services offered by the School’s administration and the Dahlem Research School. All doctoral researchers admitted to the Graduate School will receive a travel allowance. Their first supervisors must be Principal Investigators at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies.
  • Nationality: International Students
  • Number of Scholarships: Up to ten scholarships are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: International students are eligible to apply for this grant.

Entrance Requirements: The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. Applications with a focus on strategies for negotiating diversity, difference, and distinction, both among Muslims and between Muslims and non-Muslims are especially encouraged. Successful applicants will have a master’s degree in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School (Arabic Studies, Central Asian Studies, History, History of Islamic Art, Human Geography, Islamic Studies, Political Science, Semitic Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology, South and Southeast Asian Studies, Southeast European History), with a ranking, where applicable, of above average. Our language of instruction and communication is English.

English Language Requirements: As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at BGSMCS, you are expected to have advanced English-language proficiency. Please hand in one of the following certificates as proof of proficiency in English:

  • ETS TOEFL certificate (minimum score of 600 for the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based test and 100 for the internet-based test);
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE (any grade);
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, CAE (grade A or B);
  • IELTS test (level 7.0).

If you cannot submit the test results with your application package because you have not received your score report yet, please inform us about the results as soon as possible. If you are invited, the last deadline for handing in the certificate is the date of your interview. Native speakers or applicants who have graduated from an English-speaking university in a country with English as an official language are exempt from this requirement.

In addition, we ask you to list the language(s) relevant to your dissertation project (e.g. Arabic, Turkish, Urdu etc.). As proof of your proficiency, you may hand in a transcript of records from your university, a certificate from a language school or the like.

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Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: The complete application package must be submitted, compiled into one PDF file via e-mail.

The application package includes the following documents:

  • Completed and signed application form;
  • Outline of the dissertation project (up to 6 pages, with a brief summary);
  • 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 must be emailed by the applicant’s referees directly to BGSMCS assigned electronic letters.

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