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Application for Fast Track scholarships

Starting October 1st, 2017 the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne offers Fast Track doctoral scholarships over a period of three years.

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 Fast Track doctoral scholarships allow students in the last semester of their Master’s studies to immediately be admitted as doctoral students to the structured model of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, the 'Integrated Track'. If you are granted a Fast Track doctoral scholarship, you will join the doctoral class of the Integrated Track that was accepted in the summer semester 2017 in their second semester. The Integrated Track enables students to complete a high-quality doctoral dissertation within three years in a lively interdisciplinary research environment.

With its distinctive interdisciplinary emphasis, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School encourages young scholars to go beyond the boundaries of their disciplines. This dialogic, cross-disciplinary approach fosters an understanding of a wide range of knowledge processes in all their complexity. a.r.t.e.s. is guided by an understanding of the humanities that transcends the divide between the natural sciences and the social sciences. It focuses on the complexity of conceptual intersections involving among language, history, culture, mediality, anthropology, and ethics.

Candidates admitted to the structured doctoral model Integrated Track are supervised by a team of three researchers and participate in study a curriculum that includes, among other things, the regular attendance of regular meetings with one of the interdisciplinary graduate classes.



Each year, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School offers doctoral scholarships, awarding at least fifty percent of them to students who completed their studies at a university other than the University of Cologne. All applicants meeting the scholarship requirements will enter the selection process and will be reviewed by independent experts, who will determine a ‘review grade’. None of these experts are members of more than one committee. In addition to the review grade, the class mentors and the coordinator of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School will agree upon a ‘commission grade’ in a commission meeting. Each grade makes up fifty percent of the overall score. Invitations to selection interviews will be issued based on this overall score. All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in person by a committee consisting of the class mentors, the coordinator of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, and, in case of external candidates from a University other than Cologne, by the prospective supervisor at the University of Cologne. Important criteria informing the selection process during the interview include, among other aspects, an assessment of the candidate’s potential to engage with the interdisciplinary framework of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School.


Call for Proposals

The Fast Track doctoral scholarships address excellent graduates of the humanities. To be eligible, candidates must present a viable proposal for a doctoral dissertation which must qualify for immediate acceptance into the structured doctoral model of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, the Integrated Track. Since the doctoral projects of the scholarship holders will be supervised by professors at the University of Cologne, applicants are urged to contact potential supervisors during the course of application.

The Fast Track doctoral scholarship is a full scholarship of EUR 1.250 per month that is awarded for three years starting October 1st, 2017.

Please submit your application until May 19, 2017. The interviews will take place at the end of the summer semester 2017.


Application requirements

In addition to an outstanding final degree, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School particularly seeks to promote young talented graduates who have successfully completed their studies as quickly as possible and who look for immediate funding opportunities after their final examination. The a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School welcomes applications from young graduates 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.

Graduates can either apply independently or at the suggestion of a university professor.


Information about double/multiple applications

It is not possible to apply simultaneously for a Fast Track doctoral scholarship and for a scholarship for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation project.

If you have – successfully or not – applied for a scholarship for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation project in the summer semester, you are eligible to apply for a doctoral scholarship in the Integrated Track or for a fellowship in the a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities programme in the following winter semester. In this case, you will have to choose between the two funding programmes as it is not possible to apply for both of them simultaneously.

Applicants whose application for a Fast Track doctoral scholarship in the summer semester was unsuccessful cannot to apply for a doctoral scholarship in the Integrated Track during the following winter semester. You may, however, apply for an a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities fellowship.


Application Documents

To apply for a Fast Track doctoral scholarship, please send all your application documents (application form and file) by post. The deadline for applications is May 19, 2017 (application receipt). Additionally, please submit only the application form, which must be filled out digitally, as one (1) PDF file by e-mail to artes-application(at)

The university diploma and the report on your degree thesis may be handed in later. The deadline is June 13, 2017 (application receipt).

Please submit the following documents (single-sided, A4, loose sheets without paper clips, staples, or clear plastic folders):

  • Completed application form
    (Please note: Your web browser may not correctly display the application form as a fillable document. In this case, please save the file locally and use the latest version of the official Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the form.)
  • Covering letter providing a statement of your motivation to apply
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications (if applicable)
  • Copy of university diploma
    (Intermediate certificate or Bachelor's degree diploma are not required.)
    (Please note: diplomas of universities from non-EU-countries have to be sent in as certified copies by post. These documents will be sent back after the completion of proceedings.)
    (Please note: Should your university diploma be not available even though you have already passed all of the required examinations, please submit a summary of all academic performances [e.g. Transcript of Records, and/or certification of the responsible examination office and/or supervisor, if applicable]. The final deadline for submitting all the documents is June 13, 2017. In any case, all examinations determining your final grade must have been passed in order to apply for the programme.)
  • Report on degree thesis (e.g. M. A. thesis)
  • Research proposal for the doctoral dissertation project
    (7,000–12,000 characters plus appendix & bibliography)
  • Expert report on the doctoral dissertation project
  • Letter of support from a university professor explaining the particular suitability of the applicant for a Fast Track doctoral scholarship
  • Letter of recommendation from a potential supervisor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne
    (Please note: The letter of support and the letter of recommendation can be combined into one if both letters are written by the potential supervisor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne.)

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

Please send your complete application documents by May 19, 2017 (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

For all questions regarding the scholarships, the announcement or the application process, please see our FAQ.

Contact for further questions: artes-application(at)