Concept and Structure of the HGGS



The Heidelberg Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences offers a complementary doctoral programme to all doctoral candidates of the participating faculties and specialist research areas. Doctoral candidates writing their dissertations individually and those who are already members of research projects, such as "Graduiertenkollegs" are invited to join the HGGS during their first years at Heidelberg University. The approach of the HGGS is inter- and transdisciplinary. 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

  • Course programme with a focus on inter- and transdisciplinarity 

  • Academic community with members from 30 different countries

  • Opportunities to discuss critical ideas with other doctoral researchers and faculty

  • Generating innovative projects with peers from six different faculties

  • Support in establishing international research networks 

  • Academic and financial support for HGGS conferences and workshops

  • Coaching & Mentoring through the HGGS

  • HGGS Certificate 


See also:

HGGS Curriculum Pillars

HGGS Curriculum in a Nutshell 

HGGS Charter 

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Latest Revision: 2023-08-07
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