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DAAD-GSSP Doctoral Scholarships at Heidelberg University in Germany, 2018

You have delivered your farewell speech – Atiku tells Buhari

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s broadcast to Nigerians as a farewell speech that is less than a presidential address to the nation.


Shortly after the speech, Atiku in a statement on Thursday, February 14, through his special assistant on publication, Phrank Shaibu, faulted what he described as the president’s attack on the opposition in his nationwide broadcast, Vanguard reports.

“We see President Muhammadu Buhari’s attack on the opposition in his nationwide broadcast, Thursday night, as part of the many gaffes which have come to define last days of the Buhari Presidency, rather than an address to be taken seriously by Nigerians,”he said.

Atiku said Buhari’s conducts and latest negative comments against opposition elements in his nationwide broadcast does not reflect the attributes of a leader who is seeking to be re-elected for another term of office. The statement from the PDP candidate noted that a review of comments on Buhari’s Facebook page to the broadcast shows that many Nigerians were advocating for regime change.

When you compare these to the comments on HE Atiku’s page to his Facebook Live broadcast this morning, the contrast could not be greater. The final verdict is in the hands and fingers of the millions of voters this Saturday,”the statement read.

“As our candidate HE Atiku said in his final message of the campaign ‘Even if you are not voting for me, still come out to vote on Saturday. It is about Nigeria, not Atiku Abubakar. It is about you and your future.’” “So, we appeal to every eligible voter to express their will and contribute to our democracy.”

The Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Heidelberg University (HGGS), in cooperation with the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) is awarding Doctoral Scholarships to highly motivated, excellent PhD candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. The HGGS also invites at this time also applications for Graduate Membership.

The University of Heidelberg sees itself as a research university with international appeal. In addition to developing its disciplinary strengths, Ruperto Carola initiates the dialogue across traditional subject boundaries. Numerous intellectuals have studied, researched and taught at Ruperto Carola. Thus the oldest German university decisively shaped science and society since its establishment in the year 1386.

Applicants must have excellent knowledge of English or German, in addition to a further language, is expected. Knowledge of German can be acquired or improved during the first year of the programme.

Scholarship Description

  • Applications Deadline: October 31, 2018
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue doctoral degree programme.
  • Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Scholarship Award: The doctoral scholarships of € 1.200 Euros per month with additional benefits are intended for international applicants and have duration of three years, upon approval of an annual report by the graduate scholar and his or her supervisor. The earliest starting date is 1 February 2019.
  • Nationality: International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Number of ScholarshipsTwo doctoral scholarships are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility for the Scholarship

Eligible Countries: International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must hold an M.A. or equivalent in one of the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences with an above-average grade (at least 1.7, 5.5, B+, 2+, “magna cum laude”, or similar). The transcript has to indicate at least four years of study at the university level. Excellent knowledge of English or German, in addition to a further language, is expected. Knowledge of German can be acquired or improved during the first year of the programme. Importantly, applicants are expected to contact a potential supervisor at Heidelberg University in order to discuss their research plans and to obtain a supervision agreement. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their projects to the Selection Committee at an interview in Heidelberg or via Skype.

The University of Heidelberg has particular interest in supporting women and encourages them to apply for the announced positions. Applications from disabled candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference.

English Language Requirements: Applicants must have excellent knowledge of English or German, in addition to a further language, is expected. Knowledge of German can be acquired or improved during the first year of the programme.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: Application and required documents:

a) Completed cover page
b) Letter of intention, with a brief description of the qualifications, academic objectives and the research project (max. 2 pages)
c) CV with information about the academic career, achieved grades, research projects and research experience, publications (if any)
d) Project description of max. 5 pages in German or English (including research plans and objectives, critical approach, data, methods, theoretical focus)
e) The timescale for the research project
f) Transcripts (Bachelor and Master)
g) Two letters of recommendation, using the DAAD form if you apply for a scholarship:
h) Written supervision agreement by a Professor or PD at Heidelberg University.

If you cannot secure a supervision agreement before the deadline, we will nonetheless accept your otherwise complete application and grant applicants time to secure the agreement.

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