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Doctoral Scholarships - Informal and Precarious Work: Historical and Social Sciences Perspectives

Conference venue: Berlin, Germany
Period: 1 January 2015 – 31 October 2017
Application Deadline: December 5, 2014



The graduate programme “Informal and Precarious Work: Historical and Social Sciences Perspectives”, funded by the Humboldt University Berlin within the framework of the Excellence Initiative and the Käte Hamburger Center “Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History” (re:work), shall award two doctoral scholarships beginning on 1 January 2015.

The graduate programme ”Informal and Precarious Work” aims to study the interactions between formalisation and informalisation processes of work from a historical and social sciences perspective, with a strong focus on area studies.

Scholarship holders will work on topics dealing with the relationship of employment in the formal and informal sectors, the influence of government regulation on (in-)formal work and supranational trends in the field of the regulation of work.

The graduate programme is organised by Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert (African History, re:work) in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Anette Fasang (Micro-sociology), Prof. Dr. Alexander Nützenadel (Social and Economic History) and Prof. Dr. Vincent Houben (Southeast Asian Studies).

Scholarship holders will participate in the graduate programme of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences and in the research programme of the Käte Hamburger Center re:work.

The scholarships are granted for an initial term of two years and can be extended twice by five months, up to a maximum of 34 months. They amount to EUR 1,365 per month, plus a lump-sum allowance to cover expenses for research materials and a travel allowance.
The work location is Berlin.


Requirements for candidates are:

  • A degree in History, Social Sciences, African Studies or Southeast Asian Studies (with a focus on History or Social Sciences);
  • willingness to spend expended periods of time abroad;
  • independence, individual initiative and commitment;
  • excellent knowledge of English and the languages relevant to the research location;
  • a sound knowledge of the relevant scholarly debates

How to apply

Applications should include a to-the-point cover letter, CV, copies of certificates, a detailed two-page project outline and the names of two referees.

The applications must be sent to the following address by 5 December 2014:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
IGK Arbeit und Lebenslauf in globalgeschichtlicher Perspektive
Unter den Linden, 10099 Berlin

The application deadline is 5 December 2014.

Humboldt University Berlin seeks to increase the share of women in research and teaching positions and especially encourages qualified female applicants to apply for this position.


Information & contacts

Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
IGK Arbeit und Lebenslauf in globalgeschichtlicher Perspektive
Unter den Linden, 10099 Berlin


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