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Scholarship application

Starting April 1st, 2017 the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne offers 10 Integrated Track doctoral scholarships.

The a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School serves the entire Faculty of Arts and Humanities and covers all qualification levels of academic training in the arts and humanities – from Master to postdoc. The structured model of doctoral studies of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, the so-called “Integrated Track”, enables students to complete a high-quality dissertation within three years in a lively interdisciplinary research environment.

A hallmark of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School is its interdisciplinary orientation, emphasizing dialogue among young scholars beyond the boundaries of their disciplines. This contributes to understanding a wide range of knowledge processes. a.r.t.e.s. is guided by an understanding of the humanities that transcends the fragmentation of academia into the liberal arts, social sciences and natural sciences. It focuses on the complexity of cultural contexts involving language, history, culture, mediality, anthropology and ethics.

Candidates admitted to the structured doctoral programme are supervised by a team of three researchers and study a curriculum that involves, among other things, participation in regular meetings of one of the seven interdisciplinary graduate classes.



Each year, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School offers doctoral scholarships, awarding at least 50% of them to students who completed their studies at universities other than the University of Cologne. All applicants meeting the scholarship requirements enter the selection process and are reviewed by independent experts, who determine a ‘review grade’. None of the experts are members of more than one committee. In a commission meeting of the class mentors and the coordinator of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, a ‘commission grade’ is agreed upon, in addition to the review grade. Each grade makes up 50% of the overall score. Invitations to personal interviews will be issued based on this overall score. The committee for the personal interview is composed of the mentors of the seven interdisciplinary graduate classes, the coordinator of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, and, for foreign candidates, the prospective supervisor at the University of Cologne. In these interviews, the placement of the candidate within the framework of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School is an important criterion.


Call for Proposals

a.r.t.e.s. addresses graduates who have successfully completed their studies in the Humanities with outstanding academic excellence. Thus , particularly those graduates are addressed who are still in the orientation phase of their dissertation project. The doctoral projects of the scholarship holders will be supervised by full professors at the University of Cologne. Applicants may contact potential supervisors in the course of application. 

The a.r.t.e.s. doctoral scholarship is a full scholarship at EUR 1.250 per month, starting April 1st, 2017, and is awarded for a maximum of 6 semesters.

Please submit your application until October 31, 2016.


Application requirements

In addition to an outstanding final degree, a.r.t.e.s. especially wants to promote young talented researchers, who have completed their studies expeditiously and who strive for dissertation project supplementation directly after their final examination. In this framework, a.r.t.e.s. also wants to support young researchers with a non-academic family background.


Application procedure

To apply for an a.r.t.e.s. PhD scholarship we ask you to send us the complete application documents (application form and file) BY POST by October 31, 2016 (application receipt). In addition please send ONLY the digitally filled application form as one (1) pdf file by e-mail to artes-application(at)

The university diploma and review on the degree thesis may be handed in later by November 15th, 2016 (application receipt).

The interviews will take place at the end of the winter semester 2016/17.


Application Documents

The following documents are to be submitted in duplicate (DIN A4 format) single-sided, loosely organised (no push pins, staples, or transparencies):

+ Completed application form
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+ Covering letter
+ Curriculum vitae
+ List of publications (if applicable)
+ Copy of university diplomas (final degree of university studies and intermediate examination (‘Zwischenprüfung’), if applicable)
(Please note: diplomas of universities from non-EU countries have to be sent in as certified copies BY POST. The documents will be sent back after the completion of proceedings.)
+ Review of degree thesis
+ Research proposal for the doctoral dissertation project (3-5 pages + bibliography)
+ Expert report on the doctoral dissertation project

Please do not send original documents! The documents will not be returned.

In the event of a positive decision, the following documents must be submitted for admission to the doctoral studies by the doctoral board of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities:

Applicants holding a German university degree:
+ University diploma (certified copy)
+ Confirmation of academic supervision  (if applicable)

Applicants holding a non-German university degree:
+ University diploma (certified copy)
+ Confirmation of academic supervision  (if applicable)
+ Digital copy of the degree thesis (untranslated) on a CD-ROM with a two-page synopsis (translated)


Please send your complete application documents by October 31, 2016 (application receipt), to the following address:

a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne
University of Cologne
Dr. Artemis Klidis-Honecker
D - 50923 Cologne


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