Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg



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Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Research Cluster "Society and Culture in Motion"
Reichardtstraße 6
06114 Halle (Saale)

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Graduate School Society and Culture in Motion

Graduate School Society and Culture in Motion

The Graduate School "Society and Culture in Motion" (GS SCM) offers grants for Ph.D. students and also for junior researchers at the Postdoc level. For the time being, Ph.D. grants are at EUR 1050/month and Postdoc grants at EUR 2000/month.
For applicants outside the Schengen Area, the School offers assistance in obtaining visas. Travel expenses for those individuals coming to Germany (in order to take conduct research in Halle) can be paid for.


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4 Research Grants for Ph.D. students

The Graduate School “Society and Culture in Motion” (SCM), Halle (Germany) announces the following openings:

4 grants for Ph.D. students (EUR 1050/month) for 24 months with the possibility of a 12 month extension


Applications must be received (not postmarked) by February 19th, 2016


April 1st, 2016

Ph.D. Grant Descriptions


The guiding subject matter of SCM is the study of the motion and transformation of ideas, artifacts, and  models in space, time and between social fields. New technological,  political, judicial, as well as economic frameworks have increasingly  trans-local and quite often global meanings due to their translations into local contexts. GS SCM aims to devise concepts that allow for the description of these  translation processes, paying particular attention to creative  strategies of adaption, transformation and redeployment of travelling  epistemic or normative elements. Thus, we aim to understand the  reflexive and stimulating potentials in experiences with unfamiliar  cultural or social orders.

Consequently, our primary concern goes beyond the migration of people  as an economic and political process in order to focus on the  challenges and chances that symbolic and normative elements in motion  bring about.

From this perspective, we expect interdisciplinary research projects  on aspects of creative resistance, adaptation and camouflage that can be  identified as forms of translation of travelling ideas and models. The  focus could be on historical and social as well as transdisciplinary  movements.

Central research topic for the granted projects

Estrangement as a learning process:

Experiences – Institutions – Reflecting Strategies

Estrangement is a topic intensively discussed in public within the context of contemporary global migration. It is also prominent in academic discourses such as sociology, ethnology, economics, law, philosophy, literary and educational sciences, among others. SCM has conducted extensive research on the topic and strives to connect its research progress with real world practices and issues, thereby generating a context in which to apply its innovative results.

SCM proposes  to analyze estrangement as a contradictory, yet productive learning  process in which epistemic, symbolic or politically non-integrated elements encounter a given order. Its scope encompasses constellations which initially appear to be enigmatic and require categorical and social re-organization as well as (self-)reflexive learning processes in order to be integrated into existing orders. Within this frame-work, SCM invites research projects that explore potentially fruitful ways of dealing with strange-/otherness in the sciences, legal systems as well as public discourses, thus disclosing opportunities for social re-organization and integration in existing societal constellations.

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Who can apply for a Ph.D. stipend?

Potential Ph.D. students must hold an MA degree (equivalent to the German MA) in social sciences or humanities, or an equivalent degree entitling the holder to take up Ph.D. studies in Germany. In order to fully participate in and take advantage of the GS SCM’s activities, continuous presence of the students in Halle is required. Applications must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Copy of M.A. certificate (English or German)
  • Transcript of Records (if available)
  • CV
  • Outline of a research proposal together with project timeline (3000 - 5000 words). This proposal should relate to the general topic "Estrangement as a learning process" (see above for a description of the central research topic). Furthermore, we ask that you include details of your research progress (if any) up to the time of application.
  • Letter of recommendation written by an academic supervisor from the previous university.
  • Proof of adequate knowledge of English (if a non-native speaker).

What we offer Ph.D.s

  • Trans-disciplinary seminars and workshops on various subjects.
  • Presentations and talks by visiting scholars.
  • Workshops related to key skills training.
  • A framework for discussing dissertation projects.
  • In addition to the grants, the GS SCM offers additional financial support for grantees with children.
  • The GS SCM can also contribute to field work expenses (if applicable).  If this kind of support is required, then it should be stated and explained in the research proposal.
Graduate School Society and Culture in Motion

Graduate School Society and Culture in Motion

The GS SCM programme is not only directed at the GS SCM grantees; a number of other Ph.D. students and junior researchers are continuously taking part in the programme.

While the working language of the GS SCM is English, we nevertheless request that students acquire a working knowledge of German (for everyday communication as well as reading skills in scholarly literature). German language instruction is available through the university.

What is expected from participating Ph.D. students?

Graduate School Society and Culture in Motion

Graduate School Society and Culture in Motion

  • We expect a sustained effort in the Ph.D. work, together with
  • a willingness to actively take part in the GS SCM schooling programme. This involves giving presentations and papers at the trans-disciplinary seminars, workshops, as well as on other occasions
  • a general interest in methodological and epistemological enquiries.

Successful completion of the degree (Ph.D.) takes place according to the guidelines and regulations of the corresponding faculty.

Submission of applications

Please submit complete applications

  • or by ordinary mail to the following address:

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Graduate School “Society and Culture in Motion”
Reichardtstr. 6
D-06114 Halle (Saale)

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