University of Erfurt

Graduate School 'History of Knowledge'

Structured doctoral programme

New Members of the Structured Doctoral Programme (from left to right): Annika Dörner, Verena Bunkus, Thomas Schader, Erik Liebscher, Marie Nosper, Marian Hefter

The Graduate School 'History of knowledge' currently offers the only available structured doctoral programme related to collections in Germany.

Apart from PhD candidates, the programme also involves postdocs in the work of the group and thereby integrates and supports graduate researchers in all phases of their academic careers. The main focus of their academic qualification during the programme lies in source-based and culture-oriented, methodologically reflected interdisciplinary historical research on topics dating from the 16th to 20th century.  This research in turn is based on praxeological as well as on actor-centred approaches on historical anthropology, recent approaches on area history, global history, material-culture research as well as media history and history of ideas.

Besides receiving the opportunity to carry out research on unique collections of historical sources, the graduate researchers of the Graduate School further benefit from the international reputation and network of the Gotha Research Centre. They are invited to take part in its international interdisciplinary event, socialize with researchers and scholars from all over the world and conduct own events respectively projects.

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Stipendiatenkolloquium Teresa Baier am 9. Juli 2013

The programme is based on an obligatory curriculum, whose core components contain mandatory as well as elective elements. It broadens the structural qualifications of doctoral candidates by not only teaching them how to conduct independent academic research but also equipping them with a set of additional qualifications, which are of use in regard to potential academic careers as well as subsequent occupations in institutions working with historical collections (archives, libraries, museums) or scientific management. 

Besides the weekly ‘Gotha Colloquium’ during the semesters, the mandatory elements of the curriculum include a 2.5 day basics seminary and a workshop on source-related research in the first year together with a 2 day writing and publication workshop in the second year. Beyond the obligatory components postgraduates can participate in training courses aimed at acquiring and deepening interdisciplinary key competences, conduct their own courses and organise workshops. The research group also assists graduate researchers in organising traineeships and stays abroad.

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Application and admission

New members to the research group may be accepted with the first day of the month.

Doctoral scholarships 2020: The yearly announcements of doctoral scholarships from the University of Erfurt present an opportunity to apply for a Graduate School membership since the University also awards scholarships within the Graduate School. By applying for a scholarship, prospective students also automatically apply for a place in the structured doctoral programme.

The deadline for 2020 has ended.

Further information on the scholarships and application requirements.

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Markus Meumann, Iris Schröder


Prof. Dr. Iris Schröder

Deputy Spokesperson

Dr. Markus Meumann

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