Apply for the PhD position in The Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies, Munich

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Deadline: 20 August 2015 Open to: candidates with Master degree, knowledge in English, German and of a second foreign language Scholarship: 1,365 Euro monthly, plus travel funds, grants for material costs as well as child-care expenses

The Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies is a joint institution of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and the University of Regensburg. It is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments. The research of the graduate school is conducted in three interdisciplinary research fields:

  • Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change
  • Cultural Systems
  • Infrastructure, Migration and Transfer of Knowledge

Research at the Graduate School focuses particularly on interrelations and interdependencies between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the world.

In the context of its primary focus on East and Southeast Europe, the Graduate School draws on the following disciplines: History, Literary and Language Studies, Art History, Theatre Studies, Political Science, and Law. In the context of cross-regional comparisons and transfer studies the School’s expertise in Area Studies is complemented by insights from Chinese, Japanese and North American Studies.

Beginning November 15, 2015 available for 23,5 months with the option of extension for another 18,5 months the Graduate School offers the following doctoral positions

2 Positions as a research associate – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and 2 PhD Scholarships.

Research Associate positions

These positions are assigned to conduct an independent PhD project. The remuneration is based on Grade E 13 (65%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale. It includes a teaching obligation of one semester hour per week.


  • very good graduate degree (Master’s, Magister, Diploma, State Examination or equivalent degree)
  • independent research project within the fields of interest to the Graduate School
  • interest in interdisciplinary research questions and sensitivity for transnational and spatial perspectives
  • knowledge of German and English
  • knowledge of the language of the object of studies


PhD Scholarships are awarded with a basic monthly stipend of 1.365 Euro, plus travel funds, grants for material costs as well as child-care expenses in accordance with DFG guidelines where applicable.


Required documents:

  • research proposal of 4 to 6 pages
  • work plan and time schedule
  • letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • degree certificates (after higher education entrance qualification)
  • abstract of the Master’s thesis
  • list of publications if applicable
  • references by two university professors

To submit the application register here. Deadline for applications is August 20, 2015.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Caroline Fricke
Dr. Heidrun Hamersky

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