The aim of the GGS is to support and promote excellent research in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Augsburg. PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from the Faculty of Philology and History, the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Catholic Theology can benefit from comprehensive training opportunities, funding formats, and the research infrastructure provided by the GGS. In addition, the GGS offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue their doctoral studies in a structured and goal-oriented manner using the GGS structural model.


Structured doctoral studies


The structured doctoral phase within the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is designed to last for three years (6 semesters), which can be extended twice by two semesters each, for a maximum duration of five years.


Advantages of the Graduate School:

  • Structured doctoral phase (6-pillar model)
  • Tailored events and course offerings for comprehensive qualification, networking, and further education of GGS doctoral students
  • Networking and exchange with doctoral students and experts from other disciplines
  • Support for knowledge transfer projects (conceptual and financial)
  • Guidance on funding, doctoral studies, and university structure
  • Counseling services for issues related to your doctoral project
  • Intensive supervision by a group of up to three qualified professors within the GGS-affiliated doctoral programs.

Additional offerings:

  • Renting a workspace in an individual workroom
  • Use of the group and conference room at the GGS (also for personal study groups/writing groups, etc.)
  • Borrowing one of the laptops with access to the university software center (subject to availability) for the duration of the doctoral phase.


Upon completion of the structured doctoral phase at the GGS, a certificate can be issued upon request for all the events completed within the program.


What does the GGS do?

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Augsburg (GGS) was established in 2010 to support young researchers in the humanities and social sciences. It involves three faculties:

  • Faculty of Philology and History
  • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Catholic Theology

The GGS aims to enhance:

  • (Inter- and transdisciplinary) networking
  • Further qualification
  • Internationalization
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Outstanding research
  • Successful and timely completion of doctoral candidates and their dissertation projects

The GGS seeks to provide structural support while embracing new developments in science and research.


In addition to participating in one of the structured doctoral programs, GGS offers its doctoral candidates a comprehensive range of training and qualification events, as well as organizational support and individual guidance.

The coordinators of the doctoral programs receive advisory and organizational support from the GGS.


Chairwoman of the GGS

Prof. Dr. Bettina Bannasch

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Prof. Dr. Alexandra Manzei

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Prof. Dr. Wolfang Vogl

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Dr. Theresia Dingelmaier

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Coordination Assistant

Hannah Bauer

Michael Heidler