Starter scholarships

The Basel Graduate School of History (BGSH)is offering two 1-year starter scholarships (Start date: 1 October 2024).

Your tasks

The purpose of the scholarships is to support you during the starting phase of your doctorate. Within the first six months of your scholarship, you will prepare a compelling funding application, which you will submit to the relevant bodies in order to continue your dissertation with third-party funding.

Your profile

The scholarships are intended for graduates who hold a Master’s degree or an equivalent qualification in History, and who are interested in carrying out research in one of the following areas: Medieval History, Early Modern History, Modern and Contemporary History, Eastern European History, Jewish History, Global History, African History. A high level of motivation is expected, with the ability to carry out a research project independently over the course of several years as an active member of the BGSH, and to contribute to academic debates both within and outside the Department of History. Applicants must list a member of the BGSH faculty as potential supervisor for their PhD project. For further information on the faculty and their fields of research see: We recommend candidates to contact the potential supervisor in advance.

What we offer

The Basel Graduate School of History offers a structured graduate studies programme in history within an intellectually inspiring environment. Doctoral students at the BGSH benefit from a rich scholarly exchange, joint workshops and research seminars, and a vast international and interdisciplinary network. Moreover, the BGSH offers further instruments to pursue your doctoral project and supports the realization of own scholarly events. The 1-year scholarship amounts to CHF 30,000 and is paid in two tranches (with intermediate evaluation).


Deadline for applications: 3 April 2024

The application is to be submitted electronically on following web page:

In addition, please email the following documents to the coordinator at the Basel Graduate School of History, Marino Ferri (

1. Covering letter
2. CV (including a list of publications, where applicable)
3. Outline of the dissertation project (max. 3 pages)
4. Degree certificate (including final grade)
5. One or two text samples (incl. master thesis or equivalent)

Please submit the documents in two separate pdf files:

– Documents 1 to 4: one single file with the title >[surname]-bew.pdf<
– Text samples: one single file with the title >[surname]-texte.pdf<

Applications can be submitted in German, French, or English. Applicants who are about to complete their studies can apply, provided that they can submit an official graduation certificate no later than 12 June 2024. Applications from doctoral students already enrolled at other institutions will not be considered. Holders of a starter scholarship must enrol as PhD students at the University of Basel.


For further information, please consult or contact Marino Ferri at / +41 61 207 46 74


Is the BGSH the right program?

Again and again we receive applications that would be better placed in other doctoral programs at the University of Basel. We therefore ask you to also consult the announcements of other programs.


Dr. Marino Ferri
Coordinator of the Basel Graduate School of History
Hirschgässlein 21
CH-4051 Basel

Tel: +41 (61) 207 46 74