The Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt in cooperation with the Humboldt Research Project “Sanctuaries” and the ERC-funded Research Group „Lived Ancient Religion” offers at the earliest possible date Doctoral scholarships (1,100 Euros/month).

The dissertation should explore the part sanctuaries played in creating the religious experience of ancient worshippers and shall contribute to the question of how sanctuaries worked in ancient religious systems. The grant is given for an initial period of 12 months and will be prolonged to a maximum of 36 months after review of progress. The holders of the grant will pursue their research under a framework of a collaboration between the Max Weber Centre, Erfurt, and the Institute of Classical Studies, London in the disciplines of Classics or History of Religion, and will be co-supervised by Professor Rüpke and Woolf. Accordingly, they will have to spend the second year at London.


-Excellent academic degree

-A proposal for a doctoral dissertation relevant to the research topic

-Knowledge of German and English and the relevant foreign languages

-Participation in the research and conference programme of the research group on Sanctuaries

Further information about the Max Weber Centre is available at

Special instructions

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Dr. Greg Woolf ([email protected]) or Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke ([email protected]).

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular applications by women. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.


Please submit your application with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (max. 10 pages), a copy of your MA thesis and any publication as well as two letters of reference as pdf-files (maximum of 10 MB) by 25 June 2014 to: University of Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg, [email protected]

Interviews are foreseen for the 14 July at Erfurt.