(last update: february 15, 2012)

Should you have further questions, please contact the graduate program's co-ordination via e-mail or phone (0621-181-3567).

Requirements and forms for application

  • Which degree do I have to show?
    An academic or state degree (Diplom, Magister, M.A., Staatsexamen) or an equivalent degree after a course of studies of at least eight semesters. A bachelor of arts (B.A.) is not sufficient. The final examination in the discipline that you aim at doing your doctorate in needs to be passed with a degree of at least 2.0.

  • What should I do in case I have not yet received my final report by the application deadline?
    In this case applicants need to enclose documents that ensure that a successful completion of the degree is to be expected (intermediate examination report, certificate of an already passed part of the final examination or expertise on the Master thesis). The successful completion of a graduate degree (at least 2.0. in the discipline that you aim at doing your doctorate in) needs to be proved by the beginning of the scholarship funding.

  • How can German language skills be proved by non-native speakers?
    As a proof of German language skills we accept:

    1. Deutsche Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB) or
    2. an undergraduate degree in German language
    3. insofar as 1 or 2 are not applicable, language skills need to be proved with one of the following text certificates:

    • Test DaF, with an average of at least 4 points,
    • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Niveaustufe C1) of the Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II)
    • Certificate of the passed Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) of the Goethe-Institut. The exam can either be taken in Germany, at a foreign Goethe-Institut or at an institution that collaborates with the Goethe-Institut (Prüfungsauftrag).
    • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom or Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom, which are confered by the Goethe-Institut on behalf of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
    • Higher education entrance qualification according to the examination regulations for the German Hochschulreife (Sekundarschulabschluss) at German Schools abroad.
    • Deutsche Sprachprüfung zum Hochschulzugang (DSH), which in form and content has to be taken at a ‚Studienkolleg' or at a Department of German as a Foreign Language (‘Deutsch als Fremdsprache') at a German or a foreign university. The overall degree needs to be at least 2.0.

  • In which languages can I write my dissertation?
    The dissertation is usually written in German. In special cases it can be written in English. Spoken language within the program and its classes is German.

  • Are application documents treated as confidential?
    Your documents are subject to the rules of data protection and are treated as strictly confidential. After the selection procedure documents of applicants who are not accepted are sent back to them as soon as possible.

  • Which form is requested for the letters of recommendation?
    Please enclose copies of the letters of recommendation with the application that you send by e-mail (one pdf). The original paper versions are later on handed in case we invite you for an interview.


Selection procedure

  • Which selection criteria apply to scholarship funding?
    Please click here for an overview of the selection criteria.
  • What are the different stages of the application process?
    The applications are checked by the admission committee. Applicants may be invited for an interview to Mannheim.

  • What happens at the interview?
    At the beginning of the 30 minutes interview, applicants give a 10-12 minutes presentation of their project to the admission committee, also stating the project's relevance for the thematic framework of the graduate program.

  • Am I reimbursed the travel costs for the interview?
    For travels by train we pay the "cheapest ticket for the generally lowest class of regularly operating public transport for the shortest distance". When using your own vehicle we grant a mileage allowance of 0,16 € per kilometer.



  • What is the graduate program's mentoring concept?
    For details please consult the program's curriculum.

  • When do stipendiaries choose a supervisor?
    At the end of the first semester when the stipendiaries have had the opportunity to get to know the program's professors (see curriculum).

  • Is it possible to have an external supervisor?
    In special cases an external supervisor can be chosen. Stipendiaries nonetheless need to enroll at the University of Mannheim and are awarded their doctorate in accordance with the Doctoral Regulations of the School of Humanities.


Scholarship regulations

  • What is expected from the stipendiaries?
    All stipendiaries are expected to attend the colloquia, symposia, doctoral seminars and other activities of the graduate program. Moreover we expect a willingness to discuss research results, a disposition for scientific dialogue and for the organization of symposia and conferences. Taking residence in Mannheim or regular presence are therefore an indispensable requirement for a scholarship grant.

  • How much is the scholarship?
    The scholarship amount is regulated by the rules of the ‘Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetzes' (LGFG) of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Currently it amounts to 1.200 Euro, including a material and travel costs allowance.

  • Are there additional allowances I can apply for?

    • allowance for child care
    • allowance in case of (severe) disability or other health impairments
    • allowance for nursing case in family

    All allowances amount to a monthly maximum of 500 Euro. You can apply for more than one allowance. The monthly sum of allowances can not exceed the scholarship amount of 1.200 Euro.

  • Scholarship duration
    The scholarships are awarded for one year with the option of prolongation for another two years. Stipendiaries are bound to present annual reports on their research results.

  • Are stipendiaries allowed to be gainfully employed?
    Stipendiaries are bound to continuously work on their dissertation projects. According to the regulations of the LGFG (Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz) sideline jobs are allowed insofar as there is a connection with the dissertation project. Supervisors need to approve the job, which should not exceed 40 hours of work per month and an annual income of currently 10.000 Euro.

  • Is the income of a spouse relevant for the amount of the scholarship?
    This response is short and pleasant: No.

  • Are stipendiaries enrolled at the University of Mannheim?
    Yes. Every stipendiary needs to enroll as a doctoral student at the School of Humanities at the University of Mannheim.

  • Which criteria have to be fulfilled by stipendiaries to enroll as doctoral students at the School of Humanities at the University of Mannheim?
    Detailed information on the plea for acceptance can be found in the School of Humanities' Doctoral Regulations.

  • Do doctoral students have to pay tuition fees (Studiengebühren)?



  • Will there be more scholarship offerings?
    the graduate program is offering eight new scholarships for the fall term 2012.
  • How can I get into direct contact with the stipendiaries?
    The stipendiaries' e-mail addresses can be found in their profiles.