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8 “Predoc” scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation project, each of € 1.103 per month and for a time period of six months: current announcement


Starting October 1st, 2020, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, the graduate school of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne. Please apply by May 13, 2020.


To ensure a quick transition from Master’s or similar degrees to doctoral studies, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne is offering eight “Predoc” scholarships to help candidates prepare for their doctoral studies within six months, starting October 1st, 2020.

As the graduate school of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne also encompasses a Research Master Programme and a Research Lab for the postdoc phase. The new scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation projects allow for a quick transition from Master’s to doctoral studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.The purpose of the “Predoc” scholarship is to enable candidates to begin working towards a doctorate at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne immediately after obtaining their qualifying degree. The scholarship holders are supported for one semester during which they are able to develop a doctoral project with a specific focus on interdisciplinary aspects.

Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to develop and focus a doctoral dissertation project during one semester. Taking part in the a.r.t.e.s. colloquium, which all scholarship recipients are cordially invited to, moreover offers the opportunity to become acquainted with other projects being pursued at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School early on.



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 with a non-academic family background.

Please note that special circumstances such as parental and family leaves, obligatory state and militiary services, illnesses, disabilities and/or voluntary work can only be recognised if you provide evidence with the application documents.


Information about double/multiple applications

If you – successfully or not – apply for a “Predoc” scholarship in the summer semester, you are as well eligible to apply for a doctoral scholarship in the Integrated Track in the following winter semester.


Application via a.r.t.e.s. access

To apply for an a.r.t.e.s. “Predoc” scholarship, please register and log in at the a.r.t.e.s. access web portal. After the login, please choose the application procedure “8 “Predoc” scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral project” and follow further 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
  • Copies of university diplomas and transcripts of records
    (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. In the case of a Master’s degree, please also upload the certificates of any prior Bachelor’s degree as well.)
    (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 May 26, 2020. In any case, all examinations determining your final grade must have been passed in order to apply for the programme.)
  • Letter of recommendation by a university professor
    (Please check the guidelines for the letter of recommendation.)
  • Research proposal for the doctoral dissertation project
    (6,000–8,000 characters (incl. spaces) plus appendix, footnotes & bibliography)
  • Work plan
    (for the six months in question)

Please hand in all application documents via the web portal by May 13, 2020. The university diploma may be handed in later by May 26, 2020 by email.

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

Contact for further questions: artes-application(at)


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