Heidelberger Centrum für Transkulturelle Studien
Universität Heidelberg
Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstr. 2, Gebäude 4400
D-69115 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 54-4005
Fax: +49-6221-54-4012

Further Information

Contact for Fellowships
Dr. Oliver Lamers
Phone: +49-6221-54-4005

Contact for the Graduate Programme
Prof. Dr. Harald Fuess

Jule Nowoitnick
Graduate Programme Manager

Björn-Ole Kamm
Graduate Programme Lecturer


Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies Offers Fellowships

Karl Jaspers Zentrum

Photo: Werschak

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies

The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) is a central scientific institution of Heidelberg University that was inaugurated in April 2014. The HCTS aims at networking outstanding researchers from all over the world and from all disciplines to promote interdisciplinary dialogue on exchange processes between cultures. Based on the research and teaching structures that were created by the excellence cluster ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ over the past few years, the centre offers research opportunities for both junior researchers and established scholars from all disciplines, but mainly from the humanities and social sciences. In addition to a master's programme and a graduate programme in transcultural studies, the HTCS awards several fixed-term fellowships that are also open to international researchers.

The fellowships have a term of six months to two years. Academics of Heidelberg University can apply as Senior Fellows and Junior Fellows, while guest researchers from German and international universities can become Visiting Fellows. Visiting Fellows must live in Heidelberg during their fellowship and receive financial support in the form of a scholarship. All fellows are supported in terms of research and library services and may use the services of the Digital Humanities department at the Karl Jaspers Centre. The fellows' research is oriented towards regularly changing scientific initiatives that describe various topic areas. The HCTS initiatives in 2014/15 are ‘Detours – Mediated Circulations of Knowledge’, ‘Transcultural Exchanges in a Pre-modern World’ and ‘Urban Spaces’. If you have questions on the fellowships, click here for more information. At the HCTS, the fellows engage in regular scientific discourse with the centre's five permanent fellows, whose work transcends both disciplinary boundaries and national borders: These HTCS professorships encompass the subjects of Buddhist studies, cultural and economic history, global art history, the history of knowledge, and visual and media ethnology.

The HCTS contributes to the education of junior researchers with a master's programme and a graduate programme for transcultural studies. The structured PhD programme within the interdisciplinary research environment of the HCTS combines the European model of highly individualised doctoral theses with a course curriculum. PhD students are supported by mentors in addition to their doctoral advisers. Students applying for the graduate programme must have achieved above-average results in their previous studies and be proficient in English. One-half of the available places are reserved for applicants from Asia.

In addition to the research programmes, the HCTS organises regular events such as public lectures, seminars and workshops.

hcts gruppenbild

Photo: Rothe

The HCTS board of directors together with Minister Theresia Bauer (centre) and the future President of the Leibniz Association, Matthias Kleiner (fourth from right), as well as keynote speaker Avishai Margalit (second from left), which were welcomed to the inauguration ceremony in the Old University by Rector Bernhard Eitel (fourth from left) and the new centre’s executive director Axel Michaels (third from left).
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