The Doctoral Programme “Transnational Social Support” is located at the University of Hildesheim (Institute of Social Pedagogy and Organisation studies) and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Institute of Social Work and Education), both Germany.

It pursues the theoretical and empirical study of transnational forms and processes of social support, in particular: 9 transnational research in child and youth care, 9 transnational research in aging, 9 transnational research in social services, 9 transnational research in social work More detailed information on the Doctoral Programme’s principal research areas can be found online at:, the “Transnational Social Support” Research Training Group’s homepage, which is a part of the Doctoral Programme presented here.

The programme is financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation). The applicants for a doctoral scholarship require a university degree (MA) in Social Work, Education, Social Sciences, or Psychology and an exceptional track record of academic accomplishment.

Applicants need to be familiar with the subject matter of the Doctoral Programme, possess relevant knowledge of empirical social research, and have foreign language skills. International experience is desirable. The scholarships are reserved for non-German applicants who have not stayed in Germany for more than 15 months. Especially applicants from emerging and developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.

A complete application must comprehend: 9 the description of the applicant’s research project as a research proposal comprising no more than ten pages. This proposal is of particular importance for our decision on the allocation of scholarships. The proposal should describe the main research question addressed by the applicant’s proposed project, the status of existing research on the topic, methodological considerations, the working plan including a time schedule, and any work on the topic that the applicant might have already completed. 9 a curriculum vitae including a description of the applicant’s academic career 9 copies of certificates and diplomas 9 two letters of recommendation by professors from your home university (Please use this template:

The scholarships, which are directly awarded to PhD students by DAAD, will include the following benefits and payments:

9 scholarship aid granted by DAAD for a period of up to three years, or even of up to four years in case of PhD students from developing or threshold countries. The grant will initially be awarded for one year; an extension of the grant period will depend on a positive evaluation of efforts made during the first year. 9 scholarship amount of EUR 1,000 per month 9 travel allowance depending on region of origin 9 combined health, accident and third-party liability insurance 9 student and research allowance 9 rent or family allowance, if applicable 9 scholars will participate in the study programme and the activities of the Doctoral Programme on an ongoing basis. Consequently, scholars are expected to reside in Mainz or their environs for the duration of the scholarship.

The University of Mainz recognises the need for an increased professional gender equality in research and teaching. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Cornelia Schweppe, email [email protected]

Applications must be in either German or English and are to be sent via e-mail to Prof. Dr. Cornelia Schweppe ([email protected]) by November 6, 2015. (Every year there are some opportunities. If you miss the deadline this year, try for the next year.)


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