Starter scholarships of the Basel Graduate School of History

The Basel Graduate School of History (BGSH) is offering two 1-year starter scholarships (Start date: 1 October 2021).

Your position

The purpose of the scholarships is to support you during the starting phase of your doctorate. Within the first six months of your scholarship, you must develop a grant application for your doctoral project and submit it to the Swiss National Science Foundation, or another funding institution.

Your profile

The scholarships are intended for graduates who hold a Master's degree or an equivalent qualification in History, and who are interested in carrying out research in one of the following areas: Medieval History, Early Modern History, Modern and Contemporary History, Eastern European History, African History, Jewish History, Global History. A high level of motivation is expected, with the ability to carry out a research project independently over the course of several years as an active member of the BGSH, and to contribute to academic debates both within and outside the Department of History. For further information on the fields of study at the BGSH see: .

We offer you

The Basel Graduate School of History offers a structured graduate studies programme in history within an intellectually inspiring environment. Doctoral students at the BGSH benefit from a rich scholarly exchange, joint workshops and research seminars, and a vast international and interdisciplinary network. Moreover, the BGSH offers further instruments to pursue your doctoral project and supports the realization of own scholarly events. The 1-year scholarship amounts to CHF 30,000 and is paid in two tranches (with intermediate evaluation).

Application / Contact

Deadline for applications: 21 March 2021
The application is to be submitted electronically on following web page:

In addition, please email the following documents to the coordinator at the Basel Graduate School of History, Laura Ritter ( ):
1. Covering letter
2. CV (including a list of publications, where applicable)
3. Outline of the dissertation project (max. 3 pages)
4. Degree certificate
5. One or two text samples (incl. master thesis or equivalent)

Please submit the documents in two separate pdf files:
– Documents 1 to 4: one single file with the title >[surname]-bew.pdf

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