5 Doctoral Positions: Johannes Gutenberg University

Posted: April 8, 2017 in Apr-Jun Deadline, Europe, Germany, History, PhD, Social Sciences
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Johannes Gutenberg University invites applications for 5 Doctoral positions. The positions are available in the interdisciplinary Research Training Group 1876 “Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed” established by the German Research Foundation.

Starting Date: 1 October 2017

Duration: initially for 2 years; may be extended by one more year

Study areas:

  • Egyptology
  • Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Pre- and Proto-historical Archaeology (Pleistocene Archaeology)
  • Near Eastern Archaeology
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Classics (Greek and Latin)
  • Byzantine Studies and Medieval German Studies

Research areas (Topics for PhD theses must be chosen from one of these):

  • Primordial conditions and elements, the origin and the end of the world;
  • Natural phenomena, the forces of nature, and natural catastrophes;
  • Flora, fauna, and natural environment;
  • The conceptualization of the human body, of disease, healing and death.


  • Applicant must hold diploma or master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent results in related disciplines and fulfill the necessary requirements for studying for a doctoral degree at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


  • a PhD programme with clearly defined steps and instruction
  • ample opportunities for intensive professional and interdisciplinary exchange
  • close supervision by two professors of different academic disciplines of the Research Training Group’s core faculty
  • a mentoring programme with cooperating partners in Germany and abroad
  • traineeships within cooperating institutes
  • additional funding for staying for up to four weeks abroad at a research institute cooperating with our programme as well as for attending conferences inside and outside Germany
  • classes helping you to acquire key qualifications (e.g. time-management or academic writing courses)
  • a modern and pleasant working environment
  • optional six months’ funding for developing a new research project once you have completed your PhD


The following documents must be provided:

  • Application form
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Transcript of academic records, including the last school report obtained before entering university
  • Graduate thesis (3 pages) in a pdf-file
  • an disclosure for a PhD thesis in one of the areas of the Research Training Group, summarizing the idea, outlining research questions and state of the art, approach and methods to be used, work and time schedule (4 pages)
  • 2 letters of reference from members of academic staff
  • List of attended conferences and publications (if available)
  • Submit complete application in electronic form (pdf) to the Research Training Group spokesperson Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening (grk1876@uni-mainz.de).
————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Country Germany
Subject areas Archeology, History
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline May 15th, 2017


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