Call for 5 Doctoral Positions - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Universität Regensburg

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies invites applications for
5 Doctoral Positions (according to the German TV-L) and 5 PhD Scholarships.
These positions and scholarships are available from November 15, 2013 for two years
initially. Subject to evidence of satisfactory progress at the end of this period, they will be
extended for a maximum of eighteen months.
The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a cooperative venture
organized by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich and the University of
Regensburg. The School is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part
of the German Excellence Initiative from November 2012 until October 2017. Research at the
Graduate School will be conducted in three broad, interdisciplinary fields:
· Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change
· Cultural Systems
· Infrastructure, Migration and Transfer of Knowledge
Research at the Graduate School especially focuses on interrelations and interdependencies
between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the World. A lively interest in
interdisciplinary research questions and sensitivity for transnational and spatial perspectives
are therefore expected.
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,
Theater Studies, Political Sciences 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.
For further information see:
The doctoral positions are available for a period of two years with the option of extension for
another eighteen months. Remuneration is based on Grade E 13 TV-L (65%) of the German
Public Service Salary Scale. The teaching obligation amounts to one SPW.
PhD Scholarships are awarded for two years with the option of extension for another
eighteen months. A basic monthly stipend of 1.365 Euro is provided, plus travel funds, grants
for material costs as well as child-care expenses in accordance with DFG guidelines where
The holders of both the doctoral positions and the scholarships will be expected to
successfully conduct an independent research project, which contributes to the graduate
school’s fields of research. Participation in the graduate school’s seminars and qualification
program is mandatory.
In an international working environment the Graduate School offers ideal conditions for the
realization of excellent research projects in the Humanities as well as in Social and Legal
Studies which focus on East and Southeast Europe, and the interconnections of this region
with other regions of the world.

The Graduate School is committed to equal opportunity and to the compatibility of family and
career. It therefore explicitly encourages applications from women. As an international
research institution, the School particularly welcomes applications from abroad. Applicants
with disabilities possessing essentially equivalent qualifications will receive preferential
· very good graduate degree (Master’s, Magister, German 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 a third language
· Resumé and References
· research proposal of 4 to 6 pages
· work plan and time schedule
· Curriculum Vitae
· certificate of eligibility for admission to university and degree certificates
· abstract of the Master’s thesis
· list of publications if applicable
· references by two university professors
Please submit the complete application online to
Closing date for applications is September 1, 2013.
PhD candidates are chosen on merit, based on criteria such as the originality of the research
project and feasibility of the work plan, the scientific potential of the applicant and her/his
previous academic achievements, ability to interact und cooperate within the context of the
Graduate School, and willingness to contribute to theoretical and methodological questions.
Eligible candidates will be invited to Munich on October 7, 2013, for an interview with the
two speakers of the Graduate School, the Admission Committee and their future advisors.
Following the interview, the Admission Committee will decide on the candidate’s admission
to the Graduate School and the offer of a doctoral position or a PhD scholarship.
For more information please contact:
Caroline Fricke, M.A. Dr. des. Heidrun Hamersky
Graduate School for East and
Southeast European Studies
Graduate School for East and
Southeast European Studies
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Universität Regensburg