Please note that the deadline for the following applications has been extended. New deadline: 30 April 2020.

Dr. Elisabeth Begemann ([email protected]) will be happy to provide more information on the project and the PhD positions.

Call for Applications  Reference number 21/2020

The Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Max-Weber-Kolleg) at the University of Erfurt invites applications for 2 doctoral positions for Ph.D. projects Pay category E 13 TV-L (65 %) in the fields of Classics, History of Religion, Sociology, Philosophy and especially in the fields of North American and Modern History and Ancient History as well as related subjects within the framework of the International Graduate School (IGS) “Resonant Self–World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices” directed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa (Erfurt) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spickermann and Prof. Dr. Irmtraud Fischer (Graz), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The positions are to be filled by 1 October 2020 for a period of 3 years.

The project is a cooperation between the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt and the University of Graz. Participants are required to spend the second year of their participation in the programme at the cooperating university. As an International Research Training Group, the programme’s primary language is English.


-excellent degree in one of the above named disciplines

-knowledge of English, German (at least reading skills, candidates without knowledge of German are requested to take courses) and other relevant languages

-willingness to cooperate with colleagues within the interdisciplinary research environment of the Max-Weber-Kolleg, in particular the IGS, and the University of Graz

-willingness to take part in the joint study programme and to move to the University of Graz for one academic year

-willingness to pursue a doctorate at the University of Erfurt

Core research fields and project suggestions in the framework of the IGS are outlined on the programme’s website

(cf. “Showcases”). Further proposals developed by applicants for research projects that fit the framework of “Resonant Self–World Relations” in the above named disciplines are welcome.

For more information about the Max-Weber-Kolleg and the IGS please see:

Direct informal inquiries may be made to Dr. Elisabeth Begemann ([email protected]).

Interviews will be conducted on 22 June 2020.

Application Deadline

Please submit your application with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, a copy of your MA or diploma thesis, one letter of recommendation and an outline of the PhD project you would like to pursue (max. 5 pages) with a stringent discussion of your research questions, the state of research on the topic, the methodological approach and the leading hypotheses as well as a working schedule and projected date of completion as pdf-files (maximum of 10 MB) by 30 April 2020 to: University of Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg, [email protected]