HGGS stands for Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities ("Geisteswissenschaften") and Social Sciences ("Sozialwissenschaften") and for innovative, interdisciplinary research at one of Europe´s top-ranking institutions, Heidelberg University. Its aim is to provide a structured PhD experience that draws on the productive use of existent cross- and interdisciplinary research at Heidelberg University and to foster new research projects in a range of strategic areas.
Interdisciplinary dialogue is of particular importance at Heidelberg University, which has generated four main research areas as part of its Excellence Initiative, the "Fields of Focus". The HGGS Graduate School is a nexus for Field of Focus 3:"Cultural dynamics in globalized worlds" and Field of Focus 4: "Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organizations" as it comprises affiliated faculties and specialist research groups working at Heidelberg and within an international network.
Participating faculties of Field of Focus 3 are: the Faculty of Modern Languages, the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Theology; of Field of Focus 4: the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. Offering an enriching academic programme for its doctoral candidates, the HGGS supports them with tailor-made courses, interdisciplinary seminars, lectures and workshops.