12 PhD fellowships at Graduate School “Global Intellectual History”

News vom 14.08.2019

The Graduate School "Global Intellectual History" invites applications for 12 PhD fellowships

The Graduate School "Global Intellectual History" is funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and jointly run by Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. lt aims to explore intellectual reactions to processes of entanglement from the 18th to 20th century in their social, cultural and political contexts: the trans-border spread of ideas, claims to universal validity, as well as counter-movements and resistance to such claims. A particular (but not exclusive) focus is on the role of non-Western actors and ideas. The Graduate School builds on a strong research tradition in area studies and global history at both universities, including the jointly-run MA program in Global History. lt offers a stimulating research environment, substantial financial support for archival stays and a strong network of international partners in the form of the Global History Collaborative. For a detailed description of the research program, participating faculty and cooperating institutions, please visit http://www.gih.global-history.de

Job description:

Successful candidates will develop a PhD dissertation in the field of global intellectual history (18th to 20th century) and contribute to the activities of the program in the form of seminars, workshops and/or summer schools.

Terms of employment:

The fellowship is offered as research position on a fixed-term basis, starting on 1st April 2020 (salary group TV-L 13, 65%, limited until 31.03.2023, additional funds for research and archival trips available).


- MA/MPhil degree in History with a significant focus in non-European/global/world history or in an Area Studies discipline with a significant historical focus (thesis submitted by time of interview)

- Very good knowledge of English and the languages relevant to the research proposal

- Familiarity with relevant scholarly debates and approaches in global history and intellectual history

How to apply

Please send your application with the following documents (cover letter including names and contact information of two referees; curriculum vitae, abstract of MA/MPhil thesis (one page); research proposal (five pages) including a brief explanation of how your project fits in the framework of the Graduate School) as one PDF-file and no later than September 9 th, 2019 to

Dr. Sebastian Gottschalk: globalintellectualhistory@geschkult.fu-berlin.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified in mid October. The job interviews will take place on 28th and 29th October 2019.

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