Scholarship for Doctoral Studies at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS)
The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering one doctoral scholarship to research and complete a doctorate in the “Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road” program at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS). We welcome applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Central Asian studies, Iranian studies, Turkology, Central and East Asian Archaeology. Candidates must hold a Master's degree, or equivalent degree, in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion. The scholarship is available from October 2017 for three or four years (subject to a satisfactory annual progress review).
The “Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road” program covers Central Asia essentially in the period from the beginning of the present era up to the arrival of Islam in the area (10th c. in Kashgar, ca. 14th c. in Turfan) and therefore concentrates on the broad range of attested languages and literatures of Buddhist, Manichaean and Christian communities and on a lesser quantity of secular documents. The Turfan Collection in Berlin provides an ideal opportunity to study original materials.
A wealth of recently excavated sites and find materials in Central and Eastern Asia allow new approaches to a number of old questions concerning the complex cultural history along the Silk Roads. The candidates are free to choose their own topics, and it is important to remember that texts and find objects that have already been published often have a lot more to reveal than has already been discovered. The following is an indication of the kind of topics possible and is not intended to exhaust or limit the possibilities.
In the Iranian field: A comprehensive study of the Sogdian Buddhist texts; a study of the verbal system and a detailed analysis of its use in Middle Persian, Parthian or Sogdian texts; a study of the composition of the Manichaean Parthian hymn-cycles; and so on.
In the field of Turkish studies: A comparison of Old Turkish and Chinese sentence structure in Buddhist texts, focusing on translation techniques and interference between the source and target language; a study of identified and published Old Turkish texts with historical content; a study of the commodities used as a means of payment in Old Turkish contracts and so on.
Archaeology and Cultural History
In the field of archaeology and cultural history: How did knowledge spread and transform societies in Eastern Central Asia in the first Millennium AD? Reconstruction of the individual life history, and kinship of oasis settlers based on archaeological find objects and texts. Identification of raw materials and products which are representative for particular time periods, locations or communities in Xinjiang.
In accordance with DAAD guidelines, doctoral scholarship holders receive a basic monthly stipend of 1,000 Euros, a travel allowance, a combined health, accident and liability insurance policy, allowances for study and research and, where applicable, rent and family allowances, as well as financial support for a pre-sessional language course.
Candidates must send their application before December 1, 2016 to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.
The application procedure takes place in two stages:
If you have been selected for a scholarship by BerGSAS you will be required to upload your application to the DAAD submission system. BerGSAS will prepare a shortlist, while DAAD will make the final choice. Admission to studies and receipt of a scholarship is based on assessments by both the hosting university and DAAD.
For further inquiries please contact the BerGSAS Coordinators:
Dr. Regina Attula, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Carmen Marcks-Jacobs, email@example.com