Funding Opportunity: Scholarships for Foreign Doctoral Candidates (DFG RTG/DAAD)

Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2016

The interdisciplinary and inter-faculty DFG Research Training Group 1681: Privacy and Digitalisation, co-embedded at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Law of the University of Passau, invites in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) applications for

2 scholarships for foreign doctoral candidates (1.000 € / month)

to start 1 April 2017. The three-year funding is provided by the DAAD, applicants from low-income countries can be funded for a period up to four years. In addition to the scholarship, the funding includes a fixed sum for travel expenses, a health, accident and liability insurance as well as contribution towards research expenses.

About the Research Training Group (RTG)
The doctoral programme focuses on the privacy-related aspects of digitalisation and thus engages in a highly topical and politically relevant theme of outstanding social and academic importance. The aim of the doctoral programme is to assess the value of privacy under the terms of digitalisation and increasing informational heteronomy and to question the existing privacy concepts in this context. This takes place in the three fields of enquiry ‘digitality’, ‘surveillance and control’ and ‘self-determination and responsibility’.

Doctoral candidates enrolled at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities may conduct their research in the following research areas: Literature and Media Studies; Linguistics; English and American Studies; Slavic Studies; General and Applied Ethics; Political Philosophy; and Pedagogy.

Alternatively, doctoral candidates may enrol at the Faculty of Law, where they will gain access to the fields of Media and Information Law; Security Law and Internet Law; Data Protection Law; and Legal Theory.

Applicants whose background is in another research discipline are welcome to apply; however, their application will only be successful if a suitable doctoral supervisor can be found within the RTG – please visit for a list of participating scholars.

As part of its structured doctoral programme, the RTG provides training in the core competences of research methods, content-related expertise and interdisciplinary research skills; furthermore, it places the emphasis on competences which give its doctoral candidates a competitive edge across research areas and occupational fields as well as those that enhance their ability to assume executive functions.

Eligibility criteria
The RTG is designed as a structured academic programme for German and international graduates whose academic profile and outstanding interdisciplinary research proposal sets them apart from the rest; the proposal must be feasible within the funding period and promise excellent research results.

The successful candidates are expected to hold an above-avarage Master degree that formally qualifies them for doctoral study (for more details, read the doctoral degree regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and The Faculty of Law available from; please note that the regulations are only available in German). In their previous studies, candidates are expected to have acquired relevant discipline-specific and methodological knowledge in their field of expertise that enables them to successfully complete their research project.

Beyond the formal qualifications, seeing a research project through from beginning to end requires a great deal of dedication, the ability to deal with conflicts, self-management skills, the ability to think and act strategically, self-motivation, well-developed communication skills and the ability to work together with others.

Your application
To apply, send us the following documents:
•       the completed application form (in German on the RTG’s website)
•       a copy of your university degree certificate and transcript of records (and a certified translation, if necessary)
•       a curriculum vitae with specific information about your academic career to date
•       a letter of motivation that explains what you believe makes you eligible for both the RTG’s research interests and its training programme and how you intend to contribute to the RTG
•       a research proposal (5-10 pages) which contextualises the project within the RTG and provides details on who should be your supervisor (see our website for the respective disciplines and scholars)
•       two sealed letter of reference written by a university teacher (may be sent directly): this letter must provide information about your academic potential
•       candidates from foreign universities must hold an equivalent of the corresponding German university degree and give proof of advanced language skills in German (e.g. language certificate at level DSH-1, TestDaF 3 or equivalent)
•       Applicants who at the time of nomination by the RTG have already been in Germany for more than 15 months cannot be considered.

The University of Passau wishes to increase the proportion of its female staff and, by maintaining a family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours, improve the family life and career balance. The University expressly encourages women as well as candidates with children to apply. Moreover, these posts are suitable for candidates with disabilities, who will be given preference, if the personal aptitudes and qualifications are equal.

Please send your application by 30 September 2016 (postmark) to:
DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1681 ‘Privatheit’
Professor Dirk Heckmann
University of Passau
Innstr. 25
94032 Passau

We also accept applications by e-mail ( Your online application (only send one document in PDF-format) must be just as convincing and professional as an application on paper. Please see our website for further details on the available stipends:

For general questions and enquiries concerning the programme, please contact:
Martin Scheurer
University of Passau
Gottfried-Schaeffer-Str. 20
94032 Passau
Phone: +49 851 509 2372