Denkmal, Stasi-Akten, Jena

Graduate School of Jena Center for 20th Century History

Information about the programme and the application procedure
Denkmal, Stasi-Akten, Jena
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The Jena Center 20th Century History is part of the Historical Institute at the Friedrich Schiller University. Reflecting the process of specialization in the field of contemporary history, the Jena Center aims to strengthen the bonds between research and teaching on interdisciplinary and international levels.

The mission of the Jena Center is to bring together various interpretations and research perspectives on the history of the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the history of National Socialism and its aftermath in Germany and Europe up to the present.

The centerpiece of this pursuit is the Distinguished Visiting Professorship, which every semester brings to Jena renowned scholars from all fields of historical study of the twentieth century. Apart from that, the Jena Center 20th Century History maintains its own Graduate School. Its members benefit from lectures, seminars, and conferences dealing with a broad variety of topics of 20th century history.

Members of the Jena Center Graduate School are mostly PhD candidates affiliated with the Historical Institute at the Friedrich Schiller University. Candidates from other Jena University institutes and faculties are invited to apply. The Center also hosts young guest scholars on research grants from other parts of Germany and abroad.

Participating Faculties
Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Cooperation partner
Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam, EURHISTXX

Preferred language
German / English

Current number of doctoral candidates

How can I become a doctoral candidate? What is the method of selection?
The members of Jena Center (the chairholder and professors of the historical institute working on the history of the 20th century) select the doctoral candidates. The required application documents contain a motivational letter, a personal data sheet (CV) as well as a short exposé of the doctoral project. They ought to be submitted via e-mail. Preferably an acceptance letter already exists.

Are there fixed dates to apply?

Application deadline for the summer term is always 15 February, for the winter term 15 August.

Are there possibilities to be funded in this programme?


Interesting for graduates of the following subjects:

History, political science, sociology

Dr. phil.

Dr. Kristina Meyer (Scientific coordinator)
Jena Center 20th Century History
Zwätzengasse 3
07743 Jena
Telefon: 03641 944458
Internet: www.jenacenter.uni-jena.deExternal link