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The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies


The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societiesfunded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments will admit up to fifteen PhD students to its doctoral programme to begin October 1st, 2014. Up to ten of these candidates will receive a Graduate School grant; the other candidates will be supported in their quest for funding.

The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. It invites applications from candidates whose dissertation project fits one of the Graduate School�s Research Areas. Applications in the fields of education, communication, mediality, and media studies, and Islam and Muslims in the West are especially encouraged. Successful applicants will have a master�s degree in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School, with a ranking, where applicable, of above average. The language of communication is English. Admission is for one year, and, contingent upon a positive evaluation after the first year of study, will be extended for another twelve months. Admission and grant can be extended for a total of three years.

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Scholarships are approximately EU1400 per month. Detailed information can be found in the section how to apply.


- a completed application form;

- an outline of the dissertation project (no more than six pages, with a half-page summary);

- a curriculum vitae;

- two letters of recommendation (to be directly conveyed by the referee by email);

- certified copies of degrees received;

- proof of proficiency in English in the form of an ETS TOEFL certificate (minimum score of 600 for the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based test, and 100 for the internet-based test); a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (any grade); a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (grade A or B); or an IELTS test (level 7.0); (native speakers of English or applicants who have graduated from an English speaking university in a country with English as an official language are exempt from this verification)

- evidence of proficiency in the major source or field language(s) relevant to the dissertation project.

Deadline: 15th November 2013

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