There are two possibilities of being a member of the Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities:

GSAH Call for Membership Fall Semester 2024

Global Studies, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Studies in Language and Society, Studies in the Arts

Application deadline: 31.07.2024

All doctoral students of the University of Bern as well as external applicants whose PhD theses are to be written and supervised in Bern are invited to apply for membership in the Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (GSAH), and to participate in one of our four doctoral programmes Global Studies, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Studies in Language and Society (cf. also information on, or Studies in the Arts.

The GSAH promotes the exchange and networking with other peers both from inside and outside the University as well as within the international scientific community. It offers educational modules of outstanding quality, a wide range of counseling, administrative and financial support for the organization of or the participation in conferences, practical additional qualifications (soft skill classes) and professional workspaces at Unitobler. 


Requirements for Applicants:

In addition to having a degree required for a doctoral thesis supervised and written at the the University of Bern, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Your doctoral research project meets the standards of excellent research within your field.
  • It involves inter- or transdisciplinary elements which allow you to profit from the offered inter- and transdisciplinary programs.
  • Your command of German (at least passive knowledge) and English is sufficient to participate in the program
  • External applicants have a letter of invitation of a professor of the University of Bern.
  • Your first supervisor is a professor at the Unibersity of Bern.
  • Only for applications for the doctoral program Studies in the Arts: Your second supervisor is a lecturer with a PhD degree at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB).



Letter of application (not more than 2 pages)

  • Letter of motivation for applying to the Graduate School and the doctoral program envisaged
  • A list of disciplines/arts relevant to your research
  • Specifications of the benefits of an inter- or transdisciplinary exchange for your project and which of our four doctoral programs are interesting to you

Project Description

  • Summary in English (15 to 20 lines)
  • Description of planned research: theses, theories, method, literature, preparatory steps (not more than 4 pages)
  • 5 to 10 theoretical-methodological concepts, categories for analysis, keywords for your doctoral research project

Other Documents

  • Confirmation of matriculation and doctorate at the University of Bern
  • Confirmation and recommendation by the main supervisor of your doctoral thesis at the University of Bern (for applications to the doctoral program Studies in the Arts: recommendation incl. list of individual requirements)
  • Only for applications for the doctoral programme Studies in the Arts: Confirmation of supervision with recommendation of the second supervisor
  • CV (not more than 2 pages)
  • List of publications (if available)

Online Application

Application deadline: July 31, 2024 for the following spring term.

Please compile all documents needed for the application into a single PDF file (lastname_gsah_hs24.pdf) and send it to Dr. Michael Toggweiler,

We will communicate our decision to you once we have reviewed all written applications (beginning of February). Admissions take place at the beginning of the semester. Already attended events of the GSAH before the admission can be credited.

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure or about the study plan of the GSAH, please contact the coordinator of the GSAH, Dr. Mike Toggweiler:

If you have any questions regarding

... Global Studies, please contact the program head, Prof. Dr. Elize Mazadiego:, or the program assistant, Andrea Birrer:

... Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, please contact the program head, Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble: michaela.schä, or the program assistant, Dr. Mike Toggweiler:

... Studies in Language and Society, please contact  the program head, Prof. Dr. Erez Levon:, or the program assistant, Dr. Eva Kuske:

... Studies in the Arts, please contact the program manager, Prof. Dr. Thomas Gartmann:, or the program assistant, Hannah Ambühl: