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The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany
offers two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism.
Deadline for applications:
15 February 2013
Start of scholarship:
Fall semester 20131
Duration of scholarship:
3 or 4 years2
Scholarship amount:
1000 € per month + insurance3 + support for rent4 + 460€ per year
Scholarship donor:
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
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
doctoral students into interdisciplinary and international networks promotes their professional
development as young scholars. The program is currently funded by the DAAD (German Academic
Exchange Service).
The doctoral program is launching two scholarships for excellent PhD projects related to any field of
Buddhism for three or four years beginning in the fall semester 2013.
The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to the Doctoral Program in
Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will select promising candidates and forward their
materials to the DAAD. In a second stage, an election committee chosen by the DAAD will decide
upon the successful candidates. It is expected that the successful candidates will be chosen and
informed by June 2013.
The prerequisites for application are non-German citizenship (foreign applicants should not have
lived in Germany for more than one year at the time of their nomination5), a Master of Arts or
Magister Artium degree or equivalent, 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 and willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be expected.
The exact date on which the scholarship starts should be discussed and decided with your future supervisor.
The DAAD grants the scholarship for one-year periods. If the PhD project makes progress, the scholarship can be extended twice or – in
the case of students from less-developed or newly industrialized countries – three times, for a total period of funding of three or four years.
3 The DAAD offers a combined insurance that comprises health insurance, accident insurance, and liability insurance.
4 The DAAD can offer a rent subsidy, depending on the actual rent paid by the PhD student.
5 i.e. at the end of stage 1 (approximately March 2013).
To apply please send the following documents (original + 3 copies) by mail to the Doctoral Program in
Buddhist Studies, c/o Japan-Zentrum, Oettingenstrasse 67, 80538 Munich, Germany:
1. Full curriculum vitae
2. An outline of the planned dissertation project (5 A4 pages)
3. Two recommendation letters. These letters should be sent to us directly in a sealed envelope.
Please use the form from the German Academic Exchange Service that you can find here: If you do
not want to use the form, please make sure that the letters contain the information
requested in the form.
4. Copies of all relevant school and university diplomas: school-leaving certificate giving the
right of entry to higher education in the applicant´s home country (with individual grades), all
university end-of-year examination certificates (with individual grades), and university
diploma or degree certificate indicating the final grade(s). The essential parts of all
certificates and diplomas in languages other than German or English should be translated.
Please include an explanation of the grading system if it differs significantly from the German,
British or American system.
5. Filled out form from the German Academic Exchange Service that you can find here:
6. A cover letter that demonstrates your acquaintance with our program and your qualification
in the subject.
7. Proof of fluency in English or German.
8. Proof of excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist source language.
9. Documents relating to periods of practical training, if applicable.
10. List of publications, if any.
Please tell us in your application if you plan to spend a large part of your PhD period outside
Germany for field trips etc.
If you have any questions concerning our program or with regard to the scholarship please do not
hesitate to contact us at:
The form is used for different DAAD scholarships, so please be aware of the following details:
1. On the front page check the box “Other programmes” and enter “Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP)” in the blank
space below.
2. Point 7 “Choice of host university/institution in Germany”: Only enter “LMU Munich” as number 1. You don’t have to answer the
questions “Why have you chosen this particular institution?” and “Have contacts been made?”
3. Point 10 “Research projects in Germany”: The precise and detailed description of your research project asked for is the outline
of the planned dissertation project (5 A4 pages) mentioned above.
4. Point 12: You do not have to be able to speak German already when you join our program. However, we expect you to be willing
to learn German while you are studying in our program.
5. On pages 4 and 5 of the form you will find further information regarding your application. Please ignore this information as it
does not fit the scholarship you are applying for in all details.