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Cologne University awards 8 doctoral scholarships and up to 6 scholarships for a practice- and profession-oriented doctorate.


Starting in April 2021, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne will award 8 Integrated Track Doctoral Scholarships.

Application deadline: October 23, 2020


Each year, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School offers scholarships for admitting doctoral students to one of the interdisciplinary graduate classes of the structured doctoral model “Integrated Track”. The structured model of the “Integrated Track”, enables doctoral students to complete a high-quality dissertation within three years in a lively interdisciplinary research environment. In addition, the structured doctoral model is open to a limited number of collegiate members who do not receive a scholarship.

For more information on the Integrated Track model please see “Models of Doctoral Studies”.

  •  Current announcement for scholarships (Application deadline: October 23, 2020)


The Faculty of Arts and Humanities only offers doctoral degrees in the listed disciplines:

African Studies, Ancient History, Anglo-American History, Art History, Byzantine Studies, Catholic Theology, Chinese Studies, Classical Archaeology or Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Comparative Literature, Didactics of History, Digital Humanities, Dutch Studies, Eastern European History, Egyptology, English Philology, Finnish Studies, General Linguistics, German Philology, Greek Philology, Historical and Comparative Linguistics, Iberian and Latin American History, Indology and Tamil Studies, Information Processing, Japanese Studies, Jewish Studies, Languages and Cultures of the Islamic World (Islamic studies), Latin Philology, Linguistics, Medieval Latin Philology, Medieval History, Modern and Recent History, Musicology, North American Studies, Philosophy, Phonetics, Pre- and Early History, Protestant Theology, Regional Studies China, Regional Studies Eastern and Central Europe (study focus Russia or Poland), Regional Studies Latin America, Romance Philology, Scandinavian Studies, Slavic Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Theatre and Media Studies.

There are no formal requirements to demonstrate your proficiency in German. However, please bear in mind that German is the primary language spoken at a.r.t.e.s. A command of German will therefore help you in your interactions and exchanges with your colleagues from other disciplines. You may provide a statement concerning your knowledge of German in your cover letter.


To apply for an a.r.t.e.s. Doctoral Scholarship, please create an account with a.r.t.e.s. access. After login, please choose the application procedure “a.r.t.e.s. doctoral scholarships (starting April 2020)” and follow the instructions.

In addition to general information about yourself and your doctoral dissertation project, please upload the following documents via the web portal:

  • Covering letter providing a statement of your motivation to apply
  • Curriculum vitae
    • In the case of a Master’s degree, please upload the certificates of any prior Bachelor’s degree as well.
    • If necessary, please include scans of authorised translations of the documents into either German, English, or French.
    • Please note that we need a complete transcript of records along with your degree certificate and – in case of international degrees – an overview of your university’s grading system (preferably with a conversion table) that is usually in appendix to your final diploma.
    • Please note that you must have passed all examinations determining your final grade in order to qualify for the programme. If you do not possess your diploma yet, please submit a transcript of records and/or certification of the responsible examination office and/or supervisor. The final deadline for submitting the diploma is November 17, 2020.Scans of university diplomas and transcripts of records
      Please note:
  • Report on the degree thesis (e.g. M. A. thesis)
    (The report on your degree thesis may be handed in later until November 17, 2020 at the latest.)
  • Research proposal for the doctoral dissertation project
    (7,000–12,000 characters (incl. spaces) plus footnotes, appendix & bibliography)
  • Expert report on the doctoral dissertation project
    (Please note: This document can be submitted separately via e-mail to artes-application(at)

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