11 PhD scholarships in Archaeology available in Germany.

Call for Applicants (PhD) involving 11 doctoral posts has been issued by the Universities of Bonn and Cologne in Germany.

At the DFG Research Training Group 1878 of the Universities of Bonn and Cologne on the topic of ‘Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies’, eleven doctoral posts are to be filled with effect from October 1st, 2016. The salary/fellowship will be according to the German salary classification group TV-L 13 (50%).
The posts are limited to a 2-year period, with the option to continue for max. one year following a positive interim evaluation.

Objectives, issues

The aim of the RTG is to record economic systems and economic areas of premodern societies in terms of their structure, efficiency and dynamics (genesis, transformation processes through to a potential dissolution) as well as to analyse them in interaction with their respective physical geographical, political, societal, religious and cultural conditions. The investigations will be focused along three lines of research, ‘Economic Networks’, ‘Settlement Centres and Their Environs’ and ‘Religious Institutions as Economic Units’.


These subjects are involved: Ancient American Studies, Ancient History, Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Byzantine Studies, Christian Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Egyptology, Ethnology, Historic Geography, Islamic Archaeology, Pre- and Early History

Dissertation topics

Enquirers can develop their own project proposals within the framework of the outlined research programme.


The RTG language is German. Language lessons can be taken free of charge if required. The dissertation may also be written in another language.

Location and supervision

The doctoral candidate (m/f) will be employed at either of the two universities and registered as a doctoral student. Generally he/she will be looked after by two fellow applicants. In Cologne the doctorate is awarded within the framework of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities. The respective location will be jointly discussed and decided. Willingness to move to the Cologne/Bonn region is expected.

Study programme

The doctoral programme will be conducted within a structured study programme comprising weekly seminars, workshops or international meetings; participation is mandatory.

Support measures

In addition to the posts, resources for material and travel costs as well as for holding conferences are available. Both universities offer comprehensive further training measures. Doctoral candidates with children can obtain additional support.

Application requirements

Completed relevant university studies in line with the requirements for admission to doctoral studies at the participating universities.

Application documents

– Completed application form (see below)
– CV (résumé)
– Copies of university diplomas and job references (if applicable)
– Digital version (PDF) plus summary (2 pages) of the Magister/Master thesis
– Outline of ideas (max. 5 pages) on the planned dissertation project
– Names and addresses of two university teachers who will be able, if necessary, to provide further information about the applicant

Application procedure

Applications in German or English should be sent in electronic form by 01.10.2016 to the RTG spokespeople, Prof. Dr. Martin Bentz and Prof. Dr. Michael Heinzelmann at the following e-mail address: [email protected] (subject: Bewerbung GRK 1878).

– Closing date for applications: May 31st, 2016
– Applicant interviews: anticipated July 7./8./9., 2016
– Notification of decision: beginning of August 2016
– Commencement of employment: October 1st, 2016

Applications from severely handicapped people are welcome. Severely handicapped people will be preferred where suitability is equal. Applications from women are explicitly welcome. Preferential consideration will be given to women where suitability, aptitude and expertise are equal, provided that no grounds predominate in the person of a co-applicant.