Call for Applications: Double Doctoral Degree Program in Asian and Transcultural Studies (Heidelberg, Venice)

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The Double Doctoral Degree Program in Asian and Transcultural Studies between the Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg University and the Department of Asian and North African Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice welcomes applications for up to five doctoral fellowships.

Deadline for applications is 15 March 2018.

The three-year Double Doctoral Degree Program seeks applications that explore cultural exchange processes within or between Eurasia and the Mediterranean. The program employs a transcultural approach to study these regions in a way that transcends notions of historically fixed geographical, ethnic or linguistic borders. By instead focusing on processes of exchange, it challenges the limitations imposed by such boundaries and the institutions that reproduce them.

To develop their projects, candidates will spend a minimum of one year at each university and will be co-supervised by one professor at Heidelberg University and Ca’ Foscari University, respectively. Upon successful completion of their doctoral studies, they will receive a degree diploma from both universities that refers to the double degree program and the partner university.

Candidates will receive a monthly stipend amounting to 1200,- EUR for a period of 36 months. In addition, they receive a research allowance of 3000,- EUR.

Applicants must hold an above-average MA (or equivalent) in the humanities or social sciences and prove advanced skills in English (at least level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Furthermore, they must indicate a supervisor from Heidelberg University and Ca’ Foscari University, respectively, who would be fitting advisors to their doctoral project.

For more information on the application requirements and procedures for candidates applying through Heidelberg University, please visit our website at:  

In case of individual questions, please contact us at


Dr. Jule Nowoitnick

Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies | Graduate Programme Manager


Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”

Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies | HCTS

Karl Jaspers Centre

Vossstr. 2 | Building 4400 | Room 220

69115 Heidelberg, Germany


P:   +49 (0) 6221 54 4009

F:   +49 (0) 6221 54 4012