Doctoral Fellowships in Ancient Philosophy

Apply by *15 December 2015* for the *three-year doctoral program* in Ancient Philosophy and Science to begin in October 2016.

The Research Training Group *Philosophy, Science and the Sciences* is pleased to offer a number of fellowships for doctoral studies in Ancient Philosophy and Science. The overarching aim of the program is to study the dialogue between different forms and models of knowledge in ancient Greek, Roman and Arabic thought (including its medieval and early modern reception). It brings together philosophers, classicists, Arabists and historians of science. We are interested in hosting doctoral projects in any of these fields and expect dissertations to deal *both* with some special science *and* with philosophy.


Students in the program normally go through the curriculum of the doctoral program of BerGSAS Ancient Philosophy, which leads to the doctoral degree in Philosophy or Classics. It includes colloquia, dissertation seminars, reading groups, international workshops, and intensive short courses. The program centers on the writing of a doctoral dissertation (in English or German). The language of instruction is English. When appropriate, students might follow the curriculum of the BerGSAS program History of Ancient Science instead.

Ancient Philosophy & Science Network

Students of the program are automatically part of the international Ancient Philosophy & Science Network. Its partners are among the foremost departments in the world for ancient and late ancient philosophy and science. (


The closing date for applications is *15 December 2015*. Applications online at


Graduate School Scholarship Program offers one Scholarship for Doctoral Studies in the „Ancient Objects and Visual Studies“ Program

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers one doctoral scholarship to research and complete a doctorate in the “Ancient Objects and Visual Studies” program (former “Material Cultures and Object Studies”) at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS).

We welcome applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Near Eastern and Prehistoric Archaeology, Egyptology, Classical Archaeology and Ancient Art History, focused on Ancient Art, Early Christian, or Islamic Art. The 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 2016 for three or four years (subject to a satisfactory annual progress review). The call is open only to applicants who are not German citizens and who have not resided in Germany continuously for longer than 12 months as of the application deadline.

The “Ancient Objects and Visual Studies” program is a structured doctoral program that covers the study of ancient objects and art from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the early Islamic period. The common element of the doctoral program is the work conducted on concrete objects, on artefacts or object groups. The main focus always includes iconographical and hermeneutic methods of the interpretation of images within their cultural context. The formation and the development of images, artistic practices, the status of images and their use in the political and private sphere will be examined, including the effects of images on human behaviour and culture. The program deals with material and visual culture, related to the real and imaginary word (sculptures, paintings, architecture, urban spaces, but also generally concepts of the past). Conservational, archival, museological or IT aspects, and legal as well as political problems are included. The collaboration with major partner institutions such as the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz Berlin also allows investigations on the material of the Ägyptisches Museum, the Antikensammlung, the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, the Museum für Islamische Kunst and the Vorderasiatische Museum.

The announced scholarship is intended for topics in the field of Near Eastern Archaeology, Egyptology, Classical Archaeology and History of Art, focusing on ancient, early Christian or Islamic Art.

A list of possible supervisors is published on the program’s website ( To be approved, the support of an application by one of the program’s potential supervisors would be appreciated.

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.

Candidates must send their application before December 24, 2015 to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.

Please submit:

  • an application form (please download from:
  • a research proposal (10-12 pages, layout standard: 12 pt, 1.500 characters per page)
  • a work plan and schedule
  • a cover letter that explains your motivation for applying to PhD program
  • two letters of recommendation by two university professors from your home university. Please use the DAAD letter of recommendation form (template available here
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a writing sample
  • copies of certificates and copies of translated documents (the 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

The application procedure takes place in two stages: First, the candidates submit their applications, including the documents mentioned above, to Second, short-listed candidates are invited for an interview (on Skype) within a month of the application deadline. If you have been selected for a scholarship by BerGSAS you will be required to upload your application to the DAAD submission system. BerGSAS will prepare a shortlist, while DAAD will make the final choice. Admission to studies and receipt of a scholarship is based on assessments by both the hosting university and DAAD.

For further inquiries please contact:
Dr. Regina Attula, BerGSAS Coordinator, email:
Dr. Carmen Marcks-Jacobs, BerGSAS Coordinator, email: