Research Grants for PhD students at the Graduate School “Society and Culture in Motion” (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

The Graduate School “Society and Culture in Motion” (SCM) at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) announces 10 research grants for PhD students (EUR 1500/month) for 24 months with the possibility of a 12 month extension, beginning October 1, 2018. The central research topic for the granted projects is “Techniques of Future-Making”.

The guiding subject matter of SCM is the study of the motion and transformation of ideas, artifacts, and  models in space, time and between social fields. New technological,  political, judicial, as well as economic frameworks have increasingly  trans-local and quite often global meanings due to their translations into local contexts. GS SCM aims to devise concepts that allow for the description of these  translation processes, paying particular attention to creative  strategies of adaption, transformation and redeployment of travelling  epistemic or normative elements. Thus, we aim to understand the  reflexive and stimulating potentials in experiences with unfamiliar  cultural or social orders.

Consequently, our primary concern goes beyond the migration of people  as an economic and political process in order to focus on the  challenges and chances that symbolic and normative elements in motion  bring about.

From this perspective, we expect interdisciplinary research projects  on aspects of creative resistance, adaptation and camouflage that can be  identified as forms of translation of travelling ideas and models. The  focus could be on historical and social as well as transdisciplinary  movements.


Potential Ph.D. students must hold an MA degree (equivalent to the German MA) in social sciences or humanities, or an equivalent degree entitling the holder to take up Ph.D. studies in Germany. In order to fully participate in and take advantage of the GS SCM’s activities, continuous presence of the students in Halle is required.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2018.

For more information, check the full scholarship announcement.