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DAAD Scholarships for Doctoral Studies in Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science; at Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies; in Germany

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering one doctoral scholarship to research and complete a doctorate in the “Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science” program at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS). The scholarship is open only to applicants who are not German citizens.

In accordance with DAAD guidelines, doctoral scholarship holders receive a basic monthly stipend of 1.000 Euros, a travel allowance, a combined health, accident and liability insurance policy, allowances for study and research and, where applicable, rent and family allowances, as well as financial support for a pre-sessional language course.

Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing Doctoral programme.

Study Subject: Scholarship is awarded in the field of Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science“ Program.

Scholarship Award: The scholarship will cover the followings:

  • Depending on academic level, monthly payments of:
    euros 750.- for graduates,
    euros 1,000.- for doctoral candidates
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding
  • One-off research allowance

Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing an uninterrupted stay of over 6 months may receive the following additional benefits:

  • monthly rent subsidy
  • monthly allowance for accompanying family members

To enable grant holders to improve their language skills in preparation for their stay in Germany, DAAD offers the following services:

  • Payment of course fees for the online language course “Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO)” ( for six months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
  • if necessary: Language course (2, 4 or 6 months) before the start of the research stay; the DAAD decides whether to fund the grant holder’s participation and for how long depending on language skills and project. If a language course scholarship is granted and the working language at the host institute is German, participation is compulsory.
  • Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the grant period
  • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which has either been taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period
  • As an alternative to the TestDaF for scholarship holders who have taken a language course beforehand: the fee for a DSH examination taken during the scholarship period may be reimbursed.

Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:

  • Candidates must hold a Master’s degree, or equivalent degree, in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion.
  • The scholarship is available from October 2017 for three or four years (subject to a satisfactory annual progress review).
  • The call is open only to applicants who are not German citizens who have not resided in Germany continuously for longer than 15 months as of the application deadline their last final exam (Master’s Degree) should have taken place no longer than six years ago.

Nationality: The call is open only to applicants who are not German citizens.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Candidates must hold a Master’s degree, or equivalent degree, in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion.

English language Requirements: Candidates are expected to have sufficient command of the relevant ancient languages for their dissertation project. Since the language of instruction is predominantly English, their English should be good enough to join discussions and write papers.

How to Apply: Please submit:

  • An application form (download on the website:
  • A curriculum vitae (CV, resume)
  • A cover letter that explains your motivation for applying to the doctoral program
  • Two letters of recommendation by two university professors from your home university. Please use the DAAD letter of recommendation form (template available here http:/// a research proposal (5 pages)
  • A work plan and schedule for three years
  • A writing sample (15-20 pages)
    copies of certificates and copies of translated documents (copies don’t have to be certified!):
    – copies of certificates of annual examinations taken at the home university
    – copies of certificates of any academic degrees or advanced qualifications indicating grades and explaining the home university’s grading system.

Application Form


Deadline: September 01, 2017

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