Ph.D. On Campus

Transcultural Studies

Heidelberg University

36 months
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The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) offered at The Heidelberg University  is a three-year, structured doctoral programme that is taught in English. Each doctoral student will be assigned two mentors/advisors. Half of the scholarships are reserved for students from Asia.


In line with the Cluster's focus, the programme's research profile centres on the dynamics of cultural exchange processes between Asia and Europe. The Cluster challenges the master narrative of asymmetrical Western domination along with its historical explanation, its methodology, and the resulting structures of the humanities and social sciences. 

Involving Asian, European, and global perspectives, the GPTS offers an excellent working environment for young scholars who wish to be integrated into cooperative research on problems of high complexity, both in terms of subject matter and methodology.


The Transcultural Studies program from Heidelberg University, combines the European model of highly individualised doctoral studies and a system of guided courses. Supervision is provided by mentors during a term of three academic years. In the first year participants attend a number of thematically focused classes.

 The second year is intended for field research, while the third year is dedicated for the writing and presenting of the results. 

Programme Structure

The doctoral programme offers

  • an introduction to theories and methodologies of transcultural studies,
  • access to a well-equipped work environment supported by European and Asian institutions,
  • participation in the gathering of textual and non-textual source material,
  • support of doctoral projects which are linked to the broad research fields pursued by the Cluster.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Letter of motivation of approx. 600 words, explaining why you want to pursue your project in the GPTS, what qualifies you to do so, and how your project fits and contributes to the HCTS agenda
  • CV with information on your education, your work and research experience so far, language and other skills
  • Project proposal (2000–2500 words) that includes your project title, a summary, an overview of research area and literature (state of the art), your key research questions and objectives, information on your methods and sources as well as a bibliography. The bibliography does not count towards the word limit.
  • Time plan detailing the schedule for your project
  • Certificates and transcripts of all university degrees
  • Proof of English language skills equivalent to at least C1 (CEFR), plus - if applicable - other languages relevant for the proposed project
  • Two letters of recommendation on the DAAD form)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Heidelberg

922 - 1397 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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