Bourse de doctorat à l’Université d’Heidelberg : PhD Scholarship: Practices of Argumentation in South Asian and Tibetan Buddhism

Heidelberg University invites applications for 1 PhD Scholarship within the research group “Practices of Argumentation in Transcultural Perspective.” The research group is situated within the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” funded by the German Federal Excellence Initiative, and aims at working towards a more credible global history of truth and rationality by providing historically situated studies of practices of argumentation and the implicit standards of validity embodied within them.
Brief outlines of the group’s objectives and subprojects can be found here:
This PhD Scholarship is part of the subproject “Reasoning in South Asian and Tibetan Buddhism.” Candidates must hold an M.A. or equivalent in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences such as South or East Asian Studies, Central Asian Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Buddhist Studies, Indology or Tibetan Studies. Proficiency in English, Classical Tibetan and Sanskrit is essential; prior research experience in Asia is desirable. Knowledge of German is not a prerequisite, but German language courses are available.
The successful applicants’ primary task will be to complete a PhD degree, but active participation in relevant graduate courses offered at the Cluster of Excellence or other institutes at Heidelberg University is recommended. Some light administrative duties may occur. The stipends are rated at €1200/month (except for a small enrollment fee, no tuition fees apply) and limited to a duration of three years. Some travel and publication funds are available. Applications for further subsidies will be encouraged.
To apply, send curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, outline of a dissertation project (2-3 pages) related to the subproject, names and contact details of two referees, and one written sample via email to Ms. Ina Chebbi at For questions regarding the scope and content of the subproject, contact Prof. Birgit Kellner at
Review of applications will begin on 10 December 2012 and continue until the position is filled.
Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity/affirmative-action employer. In case of equality of qualification and suitability of applicants, the applications made by female researchers will be given preferential consideration. We also encourage and welcome applications from disabled persons.

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