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Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies admits 15 new candidates and offers 10 scholarships

News from Oct 23, 2011

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. The area of study includes Muslim societies in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, as well as Muslim communities in Europe and North America. The Graduate School examines, in a systematic and comparative way, concepts, practices, and institutions variously understood as Islamic. Special attention is given to relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, as well as forms of inter- and intra-cultural communication.

In close cooperation with its partner institutions in Germany and abroad, the Graduate School offers doctoral candidates a broad educational programme of exceptional quality coupled with intensive mentoring for individual dissertation projects, training that will qualify graduates to hold leading positions in academia, the media, and politics.

The Graduate School's  three-year doctoral programme begins in October. Fifteen doctoral students are admitted annually, ten of whom are awarded scholarships provided by the Graduate School. The formal prerequisite for application to the programme is a master’s degree in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School (see List of PIs), with ranking, where applicable, of above average (or German Magister or Diplom, with a grade of "very good"). Candidates are expected to submit an outline of the proposed dissertation project (maximum 6 pages, with a summary of no more than half a page), to include a short description of the topic, its relevance to the field, and its theoretical and methodological orientation, as well as a preliminary work schedule.

As English will be the primary language of communication, students are expected to have advanced English-language proficiency. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) relevant to their projects. It is assumed that language skills can be improved during the course of the doctoral programme.

The closing date for applications as well as the advertisement for the winter term 2012/2013 will be November 30, 2011.

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