China in Europe, Europe in China: Past and Present (Five Doctoral Fellowships) – Call For Applications

The Faculty of Humanities at Universität Hamburg, Graduate Program: China in Europe, Europe in China: Past and Present, offers:

Five Doctoral Fellowships

The doctoral fellows will carry out research on the basis of an individual proposal concerning the European-Chinese encounter from its beginnings to the present day with a preference for topics from the more recent past. Thus projects must be located in research areas on actors from Europe, whether it be British, French, Russians, Germans etc., and from China. The participating disciplines are linguistics and literary studies, philosophy, anthropology, art history, archeology, musicology and history (see departments on As part of the program, candidates are expected to conduct a long-term research stay of 12 months at Fudan University in Shanghai.

In addition to the individual supervision for each candidate, further training opportunities and supporting service will be provided by the Hamburg Graduate School.

Starting in December 2016, stipends are initially granted for two years and can be extended for an additional year in Hamburg. In the first year of the candidature, the stipends will comprise 1300 Euros per month. The following year at Fudan University will be funded with a scholarship of 100,000 RMB, round-trip airfare and additional benefits.

What we expect

Potential candidates must have an excellent Master or Magister in humanities. Beyond the explicit interest in research in the Chinese-European Encounter, we expect good language and communication skills in English, flexibility, focused research and the readiness to undertake the one-year research stay in Shanghai. Candidates are expected to have a good command of Chinese. Applicants must meet the admission requirements according to the “Promotionsordnung” of the Faculty of Humanities of Universität Hamburg ( Due to rules and regulations, the fellowship cannot be granted to Chinese citizens.

For applications, please submit:

  1. A research proposal of maximum five pages
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A representative excerpt from the applicant’s Master or Magister thesis
  4. Names and contact details of two potential referees (incl. telephone number and email address)

The deadline is November 11.

Interested candidates should submit their application containing the above mentioned documents in one PDF file to:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birthe Kundrus
Universität Hamburg
Fachbereich Geschichte
Von-Melle-Park 6
20146 Hamburg

Tel. 0049-40-428384528