Scholarship for Doctoral Studies in the "Landscape Archaeology and Architecture“ Program

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

October 1, 2014

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers one doctoral scholarship to research and complete a doctorate in the “Landscape Archaeology and Architecture” program at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS).

We welcome applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of archaeology, architecture, Egyptology, geographical sciences, historical building research, etc. (for a complete list, please visit: Candidates must hold a master's degree, or equivalent degree, in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completing one. The scholarship is available from October 2015 for three or four years (subject to a satisfactory annual progress review).

The call is open only to applicants who are not German citizens and who have not resided in Germany continuously for longer than 12 months as of the application deadline.

The doctoral program “Landscape Archaeology and Architecture” links two research fields that have gained increasing importance in the context of archaeological research: landscape archaeology and historical building research. Both disciplines share the common goal of answer questions on cultural history with the help of subject-specific methods and research strategies. The curriculum of the program imparts methodological and theoretical knowledge from geoscience, archaeology and historical building research, along with competences in the application of geographical information systems, modelling techniques and survey and reconstruction methods. Consequently, the doctoral program focuses on fundamental techniques that can be used to reconstruct the dynamics of landscapes and the complexity of architecture independently of the culture by which they were settled or built.

A major partner of the universities in this program is the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), whose broad knowledge of archaeology and building research throughout the world contributes to the education of doctoral candidates.

We welcome applications from students who are interested in obtaining qualifications in the broad fields of landscape archaeology and historical building research in the framework of a structured doctoral program. A list of possible supervisors is published on the program’s website ( To be approved, an application must be accepted / supported by one of the program’s potential supervisors.

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 October 1, 2014 to application@berliner-antike-kolleg.

Please submit:

  • an application form (download on our website:
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a cover letter that explains your motivation for applying to the doctoral program
  • two letters of recommendation by two university professors from your home university. Please use the DAAD letter of recommendation form (template available here
  • a research proposal (5 pages)
  • a work plan and schedule
  • a writing sample
  • copies of certificates and copies of translated documents (copies don’t have to be certified):
    - copies of certificates of annual examinations taken at the home university
    - copies of certificates of any academic degrees or advanced qualifications indicating grades and explaining the home university’s grading system

The application procedure takes place in two stages: First, candidates submit their applications, including the documents mentioned above, to Second, short-listed candidates are invited for an interview (on Skype) within a month of the application deadline. 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:
Dr. Regina Attula, BerGSAS Coordinator, email:
Dr. Carmen Marcks-Jacobs, BerGSAS Coordinator, email:

Contact Name: 
Dr. Carmen Marcks-Jacobs