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HGGS Open House

16 Dec. 2021


DAAD-GSSP Scholarships & HGGS Membership: 1 March 2022


South-South-North Dialogues:

Visiting Doctoral Scholars & DAAD Lecturers at the HGGS



Writing Competition "Doctoral Supervision"


Graduate Academy

Central coordinating body for all support services related to general advising, professional and academic development and financial assistance for doctoral candidates at Heidelberg University. 


Doctoral Studies in Heidelberg



Concept and Structure of the HGGS


The Heidelberg Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences offers a structured doctoral programme to all doctoral candidates of the participating faculties and specialist research areas. Its services are aimed at doctoral candidates  writing their dissertations individually and at those who are already members of research projects, such as "Graduiertenkollegs". The approach of the HGGS is interdisciplinary. It combines the tradition of relative freedom in writing a thesis in the humanities with new approaches in supporting post-graduates by offering them tailor-made seminars, workshops and peer mentoring groups.

The working languages of the HGGS are English and German. The South-South-North Network of the HGGS also offers courses in Spanish.


Advantages for Doctoral Candidates

  • A structured course programme with a focus on inter- and transdisciplinarity 
  • Regular opportunities to exchange ideas with other doctoral researchers and faculty
  • Support in establishing work groups
  • Better supervision and guidance
  • HGGS Coaching & Mentoring
  • A certificate issued by the HGGS

Interdisciplinary Concepts

Interdisciplinary concepts, such as "identity” or "culture", constitute the basic theoretical elements in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Although they may seem intuitively familiar, their meaning is multi-layered and depends on context. This becomes particularly evident if viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective. The focus of the HGGS therefore lies on discussing and comparing certain key concepts in order to reveal their different layers of meaning. This discussion is intended to stimulate the doctoral candidates’ methodological reflection and their sensitivity regarding concepts as means and objects of research. Ideally, this enhanced reflexivity will lead to more relevant and higher quality dissertations.
HGGS Curriculum (click HERE)
HGGS Charter (click HERE for the German "Satzung")
Interdisciplinarity (link)
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Latest Revision: 2021-09-16
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