The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität in Munich is based on a cooperation between Asian Studies (Indology, Japanology, Sinology, Tibetology) and Religious Studies and promotes and supervises PhD theses related to Buddhism within a broad range of subjects and disciplines. To strengthen the disciplinary and communicative skills of the doctoral students, the research-oriented study program is complemented by workshops and teaching placements as well as by transferable skills training. Intensive supervision by mentoring teams helps students to accomplish doctoral projects at the highest level. In addition, the integration of the PhD applicants into interdisciplinary and international networks promotes their professional development as young scholars.
The doctoral program is launching two Scholarships for excellent PhD projects related to any field of Buddhism for four years beginning in spring, summer, or autumn 2020. The Scholarships are provided by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).
To be eligible for PhD Scholarships, an applicant must:
- Master of Arts or Magister Artium degree or equivalent in a relevant field
- Non-German citizenship (foreign applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than fifteen months)
- Excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist source language, outstanding qualifications in the subject, and fluency in English
- A basic knowledge of German is also desirable, though not a prerequisite, but willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be expected
- At the time of the application, the last final examination has taken place no more than six years ago
Depending on the degree of previous knowledge of German, a 2-6 month intensive German language course might be necessary before the start of the 4-year scholarship (the DAAD will provide the fees for the language course, free accommodation, insurance, €400 per month, and a travel lump sum during this period).
To apply for 02 PhD Scholarships in Buddhist Studies, an applicant must submit following documents with application:
- Full Curriculum Vitae
- A letter of motivation that demonstrates your acquaintance with our program and your qualification in the subject
- An outline of the planned dissertation project including a schedule (no more 2700 words)
- A short schedule/ working plan of your planned research stays/field trips abroad (when, where, what, how long) (if applicable)
- A digital version of MA Thesis
- Contact details of two university professors from your home university, who are willing to write a report about you
- All academic degrees, transcripts and certificates