Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) Start-up Scholarships 2016 for study in Germany.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

The Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) awards up to six four-month start-up scholarships to international MA graduates who would like to pursue a doctoral degree in history, sociology, anthropology, or political science at the BGHS. Recipients receive the opportunity to prepare a persuasive proposal for a dissertation project. Subsequently, they may apply for the doctoral degree programme at the BGHS and/or for scholarships, doctoral positions and funding programmes in Germany or worldwide.


  • Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in sociology, history, political science, social anthropology or gender studies; applications from related disciplines are welcome.
  • Graduates from abroad who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in history, sociology, anthropology or political science may apply for a start-up scholarship.
  • Applications from pre-doctoral researchers .
  • Applicants should speak either German or English fluently.
  • Neither German nationals nor foreigners with a tertiary education from a German university may apply (Bildungsinländer/innen).
  • The start-up scholarships are meant to further networking with scientists at the BGHS, therefore no prolonged archival or research trips should take place during this period.

Scholarship Worth:

  • The scholarships will be awarded for the Summer Term of each year (1 April until 31 July) and include a stipend of EUR 1,200 per month. This amount will be supplemented by an allowance for children if applicable.
  • Upon application, travel costs can also be covered by the Graduate School. Moreover, the BGHS will offer a study programme tailored to the particular needs of international MA graduates.
  • Scholarship holders will participate in workshops on German academia as well as on writing a project description and will be supported intensively in finding a funding for their research project.

Application Requirements:

Applications should be submitted until January 15, 2016 via the online application portal

Please submit the following documents:

  • Covering letter (600 words max.) (guidelines)
  • Curriculum Vitae (1,000 words max.) (guidelines)
  • Summary of your MA thesis (600 words max.)
  • Project description (800 words max.) (guidelines)
  • Letter of recommendation from your supervisor/advisor at your university (If preferred, your supervisor/advisor can send the letter directly to the BGHS:
  • University and college transcripts (Master’s certificate or a statement from your examination office that you have successfully completed your Master’s studies. All your grades, including the grade for your Master’s thesis, must be displayed in this statement.)


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) Start-up Scholarships 



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