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Doctoral Positions in Germany

German universities and research institutions can offer their doctorate positions here.

Open Positions 2
Time Span 01 Apr 2019 for 4 years
Application Deadline 31 Oct 2018
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD - Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
  • Language and Cultural Studies
Subjects Buddhist Studies
Description The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany offers two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism.

Deadline for applications: October 31st, 2018
Start of scholarship: Spring, summer, or autumn 2019
Duration of scholarship: Four years
Scholarship amount: €1200 per month + insurance + support for rent + €460 per
year + lump sums for travel
Scholarship donor: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität in Munich is based on a cooperation between Asian Studies (Indology, Japanology, Sinology, Tibetology) and Religious Studies and promotes and supervises PhD theses related to Buddhism within a broad range of subjects and disciplines. To strengthen the disciplinary and communicative skills of the doctoral students, the research-oriented study program is complemented by workshops and teaching placements as well as by transferable skills training. Intensive supervision by mentoring teams helps students to accomplish doctoral projects at the highest level. In addition, the integration of the doctoral candidates into interdisciplinary and international networks promotes their professional development as young scholars.

The doctoral program is launching two scholarships for excellent PhD projects related to any field of Buddhism for four years beginning in spring, summer, or autumn 2019. The scholarships are provided by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will select promising candidates, who then have to submit their materials to the DAAD. Subsequently, the DAAD decides upon the successful candidates. It is expected that the successful candidates will be chosen and informed by February 2019.

Depending on the degree of previous knowledge of German, a 2-6 month intensive German language course might be necessary before the start of the 4-year scholarship (the DAAD will provide the fees for the language course, free accommodation, insurance, €400 per month, and a travel lump sum during this period).

Research stays abroad for field work are possible, but their total duration must not exceed 25% of the duration of the scholarship.

Please apply using our online application tool:

After you have registered, you will be asked to submit the following documents
1. Full curriculum vitae
2. A letter of motivation that demonstrates your acquaintance with our program and your qualification in the subject.
3. An outline of the planned dissertation project including a schedule (no more 2700 words)
4. A short schedule/ working plan of your planned research stays/field trips abroad (when, where, what, how long) (if applicable)
5. A digital version of your M.A. Thesis
6. Contact details of two university professors from your home university, who are willing to write a report about you. Once you have filled in the information about these professors (referees) and saved it, they will receive an email from the application portal asking them to write a report about you and to upload it onto the portal by October 31st.
7. Certificates:
a. (school leaving certificate qualifying you for admission to higher education in
your own country)
b. certificates of annual examinations taken at the home university (transcripts of records) (including an explanation of the grading system)
c. certificates of any academic degrees or advanced qualifications showing grades and explaining the grading system (description of grade scale).
The essential parts of all university certificates and diplomas in languages other than German or English should be translated.
(For French-speaking countries: License or Maitrise with Assez-Bien along with a DEA/DESS degree or a Master’s degree according to the LMD system.)
Certified copies of all translated documents must be submitted to DAAD only after a letter of award has been received.
8. Document certifying fluency in English or German.
9. Document certifying excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist source language.
10. Documents relating to periods of practical training, if applicable.
11. List of publications, if any.
12. For applicants from China: You can upload a certificate from the Academic Evaluation Center (Akademische Prüfstelle) about the authenticity of your submitted documents. You don’t necessarily have to upload it now, but if we nominate you and you submit your documents to the DAAD (probably in December) you have to submit this certificate together with your other documents. Applicants from other countries do not need this document.

Please make sure that you submit all documents mentioned in this list.

The documents can be submitted in either English or German.

If you have any questions concerning our program or with regard to the scholarship, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Requirements The prerequisites for application are non-
German citizenship, a Master of Arts or Magister Artium degree or equivalent in a relevant field, excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist source language, outstanding qualifications in the subject, and fluency in English. A basic knowledge of German is also desirable, though not a prerequisite, but willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be expected.

Applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than fifteen months at the time of the submission of their materials to the DAAD, which will most probably take place in December or January, and the last final exam (Master Degree) should have taken place no more than six years before this date.
Working Language
  • English
  • German
Language of Dissertation
  • English
  • German
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Research Proposal
  • List of Publication
  • Others : contact details for two references; language certificates
More Information


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München • Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies
Dr. Simone Heidegger
Oettingenstraße 67
80538 München

Phone: +49-(0)89-2180-9808, +49-(0)89-2180-9800,