A.R.T.E.S Doctoral Scholarship 2018

A.R.T.E.S Doctoral Scholarship 2018

Starting in April 2018, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne will award 9 Integrated Track doctoral scholarships.

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 structured model of doctoral studies of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, the so-called “Integrated Track”, enables students to complete a high-quality 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 aims to foster an understanding of a wide range of knowledge processes in all their complexity. Seeking to bridge the disciplinary divide between the humanities and the natural sciences, a.r.t.e.s. focuses on the complex intersections between 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 a curriculum that includes, among other things, the 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’. 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

a.r.t.e.s. addresses excellent graduates of the humanities who are still in the process of developing their doctoral dissertation projects. Since the doctoral projects of the scholarship holders will be supervised by professors of the University of Cologne, applicants are urged to contact potential supervisors during the course of application.

The a.r.t.e.s. doctoral scholarship is a full scholarship of EUR 1,400 per month that is awarded for three years starting April 1, 2018.

Please submit your application by November 3, 2017. The interviews will take place in February 2018.

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.

Please note the information regarding double/multiple applications in the FAQ.

Application Documents

All applications are to be submitted only via e-mail to artes-application(at) Please submit the following:

1. Completed application form
(Please download the PDF application form to your PC before completing it, as completing it in the browser frequently causes problems. Please remember to save your entries. To minimise the chance of complications, we advise you to complete the form using the latest version of the official Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

2. One (1) PDF-file containing the following documents:

  • Covering letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if applicable)
  • Scan of university diploma (final degree) & Transcript of Records
    (Intermediate certificates or Bachelor’s degree diplomas are not required.)
    (If necessary, please include translations of the documents into either German, English, or French.)
    (If you do not possess your degree diploma yet, please submit your Transcript of Records and/or certification of the responsible examination office and/or supervisor, if applicable. In any case, all examinations determining your final grade must have been passed at the point of application in order to qualify for the programme. The final deadline for submitting the diploma is November 28, 2017.)
  • Report on degree thesis (e.g. M. A. thesis)
    (The report on your degree thesis may be handed in later until November 28, 2017 at the latest.)
  • Research proposal for the doctoral dissertation project
    (7,000–12,000 characters plus footnotes, appendix & bibliography)
  • Expert report on the doctoral dissertation project

Both documents (application form and the PDF file with the further documents) can be submitted in one e-mail. Please ensure that the size of the attached files complies with the requirements of your e-mail provider.

Please note that the university diploma and the report on your degree thesis may be handed in later by November 28, 2017 at the latest. All other documents must be submitted by the application deadline of November 3, 2017.

For all questions regarding the scholarships please visit our FAQ or contact artes-application(at) If you have any further questions regarding doctoral studies at the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities in general, please visit the FAQ of the Central Doctoral Office.

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