Membership 2019


The Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Heidelberg University (HGGS) invites applications for

Graduate Membership.

We are looking for highly motivated, excellent PhD candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.

The HGGS provides a structured, interdisciplinary 3-year PhD programme in the Humanities and Social Sciences for the formation of excellent doctoral researchers. It fosters innovative, interdisciplinary research projects at Heidelberg University and offers its members a dynamic and collaborative research environment within a broad national and international network. HGGS members actively contribute to the exchange across the disciplines and benefit from a large selection of interdisciplinary seminars and expert courses in English and German. Thematically, the doctoral research projects at the HGGS focus on the clusters space-place-mobility”, “culture-identity-discourses”, “knowledge-norms-beliefs” or “individual and social regulations” as well as Field of Focus (FoF) 3:"Cultural dynamics in globalized worlds" and FoF 4: "Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organizations" at Heidelberg University.

Applicants must hold an M.A. or equivalent in one of the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences with an above-average grade (at least 1.7, 5.5, B+, 2+, “magna cum laude”, or similar). The transcript has to indicate at least four years of study at the university level. Excellent knowledge of English or German, in addition to a further language, is expected. Knowledge of German can be acquired or improved during the first year of the programme. Importantly, applicants are expected to contact a potential supervisor at Heidelberg University in order to discuss their research plans and to obtain a supervision agreement. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their projects to the Selection Committee at an interview in Heidelberg or via Skype.


Application and required documents:


a) Completed cover page (download HERE)

b) Letter of intention, with a brief description of the qualifications, academic objectives and the research project (max. 2 pages)

c) CV with information about the academic career, achieved grades, research projects and research experience, publications (if any)

d) Project description of max. 5 pages in German or English (including research plans and objectives, critical approach, data, methods, theoretical focus)

e) Timescale for the research project

f) Transcripts (Bachelor and Master)

g) Letter of recommendation

h) Written supervision agreement by a Professor or PD at Heidelberg University.


Applications must be submitted electronically as ONE PDF file to the Coordinator of the HGGS:

            Dr. Astrid Wind



Please note:

The PDF document should be sent in this format: NAME_FirstName_HGGS2019.pdf

Referees may email their letters to the HGGS:

The deadline for the submission of all documents is 30 March 2019.

The earliest starting date for the non-stipendiary membership is the Summer Semester 2019.


Questions can be addressed to Dr. Astrid Wind or Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse.


The University of Heidelberg has particular interest in supporting women and encourages them to apply for the announced positions. Applications from disabled candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference.



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