International Programmes 2019/2020

Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, GS OSES Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München • München

PhD, Dr phil, Dr rer soc
Doctoral degree or degree awarded by
LMU Munich, Universität Regensburg
Course location
In cooperation with
Universität Regensburg
Teaching language
  • German
  • English

Courses and workshops are held in German (approx. 60%) and English (approx. 40%).

Programme duration
7 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

August (exact date varies)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The main area of our studies is the past and present of East and Southeast Europe. Particular emphasis is placed on the period since 1800 and the fundamental transformations that followed, which still influence the present in many ways.
Therefore, in our graduate school, historians, art historians, philologists, and social scientists work closely together.

We are interested in the specific characteristics of East and Southeast Europe, in the particularities of the countries, the societies, and the cultures of this region. In addition, we study the entanglements with other parts of the world. Pursuing the idea of integrated area studies, we collaborate with related disciplines (e.g., American, West European, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and Ottoman studies). We support the claim that East and Southeast Europe cannot be understood in isolation; it can only be understood with its interrelations with other world regions.

Our research is interdisciplinary and focuses on three areas:

  • basics and forms of social and political change
  • cultural orders
  • infrastructure, migration, and transfers of knowledge

Our courses give the doctoral students opportunities to enhance their theoretical and methodological knowledge, extend their research in their academic field and to exchange ideas with other academics. At the same time, the programme is designed to give enough time for individual, concentrated studies on the student's own dissertation project. Some of the general teaching events include theory and methodology seminars, colloquia, and the summer school.

The study groups are central to our doctoral programme. Like the Graduate School itself, these groups are interdisciplinary and focused around particular themes.

We encourage international exchange. Our doctoral students may spend two semesters researching abroad. In turn, international visiting fellows come to Munich and Regensburg to make use of our extensive academic facilities and to engage in academic dialogue.

Alongside the academic qualification, we have created a mentoring programme and continuously organise career workshops to help our students developing the necessary skills to build a successful career, both in academia and beyond.
Additional support is offered by the GraduateCenter.

Course organisation

First and second semesters: theory and methods seminar, study group, colloquium, summer school

Third to sixth semester: study group, colloquium, (summer school)

Seventh semester: thesis completion

At all times: several non-mandatory courses and workshops

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Study trips
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • Content-related regional focus
Integrated internships


Teaching/work obligations or opportunities

There is a teaching obligation of up to two semester hours per week (i.e., two hours per week every semester) for doctoral candidates employed within the German public salary scheme TV-L.

There is no teaching obligation for doctoral candidates who hold a scholarship.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
129.40 EUR per semester (LMU Munich)
144.50 EUR per semester (Universität Regensburg)

The fee includes a public transport ticket valid for the entire semester.
Costs of living
Living costs (including accommodation and health insurance) range from 800 to 1,000 EUR per month.
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Doctoral positions (according to the German public salary scheme TV-L) and PhD scholarships as offered by the Graduate School in the respective call.
LMU Travel Grant, LMU Completion Grant
Academic Admission Requirements

Relevant Master’s or equivalent degree with a very good overall grade

Research project proposal related to East or Southeast Europe, to one of the Graduate School's research areas, and to a discipline in which supervision can be offered

Language requirements

Applicants must be able to read and write German and English fluently and to communicate in an East or Southeast European language (depending on the respective topic / object of research).

Application deadline

August (exact date varies)

Submit application to

In case of an open call, please submit your application via the online application portal of LMU's GraduateCenter:


The International Office helps visiting academics, PhD students, and postdocs who are travelling to Munich for a set period of time to find accommodation.

For further information, please visit the following link:

Rooms in shared flats are popular on the private market and reasonably priced at 400-600 EUR per month if located in central parts of Munich.

Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Tutors

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

University Location

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) is recognised as one of the top-ranked universities in Europe. Research and teaching at the university's 18 faculties are committed to the highest international standards of excellence. Students can choose from over 200 degree programmes ranging from the humanities and social sciences to economics and law as well as medicine and natural sciences. A growing number of Master's and doctoral programmes are taught in English.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München forms part of a unique network of research institutions, foundations, and corporations in and around the city. Its campuses and a lively international student community constitute an integral part of the urban landscape. Home to approximately 1.5 million people, Munich is not only an important hub for higher education, research, technology, and the media. With its renowned museums, galleries, theatres, and festivals, the capital of Bavaria also ranks among the major European cultural centres. Its proximity to the surrounding lakes and the Bavarian Alps adds to Munich's inimitable appeal.