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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 ("Einzelpromovierende") and at those who are already members of research projects, e.g. "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 educating post-graduates, e.g. by offering them exclusive seminars, workshops and peer mentoring groups.

The working languages of the HGGS are English and German.


Advantages for Doctoral Candidates

  • A structured course-programme with a focus on interdisciplinarity 
  • Regular opportunities to exchange ideas with other doctoral researchers and faculty
  • Support in establishing work groups
  • Better supervision and guidance
  • A second advisor in the HGGS as a Coach/Mentor
  • A certificate issued by the HGGS

Interdisciplinarity, Concepts in Humanities and Social Science

In addition to the HGGS core courses on "Interdisciplinarity", concepts, such as "Identity” or "Culture", constitute the basic theoretical elements in Humanities and Social Science. 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 in discussing and comparing concepts and in doing so revealing 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 leads to more relevant and higher quality dissertations.
HGGS Curriculum (click HERE)
HGGS Charter (click HERE for the German "Satzung")
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