Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Centre for
Asian and

PhD Program

PhD Program at the South Asia Institute

There are a limited number of openings to pursue a PhD in South Asian History under the supervision of Professor Kama Maclean.

Applications are considered three times a year, and the process is competitive.

The submission dates are April 1, August 1 and November 1. Applications will be reviewed during the six weeks following the submission deadline. We will get back to you within this time frame.
Please submit the following documents, preferably as a single PDF, to Ms. Lizeth Ortiz, at

  • A cover letter stating your motivation to pursue a PhD in the department
  • Your research proposal, including a literature review that demonstrated your thorough knowledge and critical evaluation of relevant debates, a description of archives and sources you wish to consult and a rough timeline
  • Your Academic CV
  • A Formal Academic Transcript
  • A letter of funding support, if you have already secured funding.
Acceptance for supervision does not come with funding. You can find a list of Doctoral Fellowship opportunities at Graduate Academy Funding and at Graduate Academy Fellowships. Please note that some doctoral fellowships require you to demonstrate that you have been accepted for supervision prior to application.

Acceptance for supervision in the department is dependent upon applicants meeting the acceptance requirements of the Faculty of Arts. For this purpose, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they hold an MA in History with above average grades.

Further resources: Formal steps for beginning your doctorate.