Kultur- und Religionsgeschichte Südasiens
Cultural and Religious History of South Asia

SÜDASIEN-INSTITUT | SOUTH ASIA INSTITUTE
CENTRE FOR ASIAN AND TRANSCULTURAL STUDIES

   

A New Passage to India:

"Exploring Cultures of Learning in India and Germany"

Project Coordination

Prof. Dr. Ute Hüsken
Heidelberg University
Prof. Dr. Jörg Gengnagel
Würzburg University
Prof. Dr. H. N. Prasad
Banaras Hindu University, India
Prof. Dr. Gopabandhu Mishra
Banaras Hindu University, India
Dr. Vinita Chandra
IIT-BHU, India

Project Administration
Malini Ambach
Shefali More
npi@sai.uni-heidelberg.de
Postal address:
A New Passage to India
DAAD Project
Voßstraße 2, Building 4130
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany

The project “Exploring Cultures of Learning in India and Germany” is part of the wider programme “A New Passage to India” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The programme aims at strengthening German-Indian academic relations by supporting of young academics and their acquisition of expert and core competences.

“Exploring Cultures of Learning in India and Germany” is a close collaboration between the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and the Indian Institute of Technology at the BHU (IIT-BHU) in Varanasi, India and the German Universities of Heidelberg and Würzburg. By focussing on the historically and culturally vastly diverse “Cultures of Learning” in India and Germany, the project looks into how learning in both countries has sustained identities and habitus over time while enabling and generating change, and how learning has shaped and continues to shape values and subjectivities.

The programme focuses on student exchange, including joint MA and PhD supervision. By bringing together students and teachers from the participating learning institutions, the exchange programme facilitates the investigation and experience of diverse social practices of learning. The participants thus achieve an understanding of how the respective other learning institution has, over time, managed to cope with social change while at the same time retaining a sense of identity and cultural continuity.

Exchange Programme to Germany (Heidelberg/Würzburg)

Alte Aula
Alte Aula, Heidelberg

Wuerzburg
Würzburg

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research support the cooperation of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and the Indian Institute of Technology of the Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) with the German Universities of Heidelberg and Würzburg.

Doctoral students of BHU and IIT-BHU are invited to apply for a research stay in the German partner Universities. During their stay, the scholarship holders will actively participate in the academic life and work at the partner institutions, participating in classes, seminars and conferences organized by the hosting University.

Eligible applicants are Doctoral Students of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing their research in Sanskrit Studies, Language and Literatures of India, Political Sciences of South Asia, or Transcultural Studies will be given priority. Further thematic areas of interest are Gender Studies, Ritual Studies, Study of Religious Traditions of South Asia and Buddhist Studies.

Scholarships: every academic year 3 scholarships are available (2 seats in Heidelberg and 1 seat in Würzburg). The Selection Committee decides where to send the students, based on their thematic areas. The scholarships run for 5 to 6 months and include a travel allowance.

Applications should be submitted as one pdf file to npi@sai.uni-heidelberg.de and should include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Abstract of your doctoral research and mention of your thematic areas (max. 5 pages)
  3. Recommendation letter from your supervisor or from a Professor of the BHU/IIT-BHU
  4. Motivation letter stating the reasons for the application for a research stay in Germany, including expectations from the stay. Please mention the precise dates of your envisaged stay. The duration cannot exceed 6 months.
Exchange Programme to India (BHU/IIT-BHU)

BHU
BHU

The South Asia Institute (SAI) of Heidelberg University closely cooperates with the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and the Indian Institute of Technology of the BHU (IIT-BHU) in Varanasi, India. The academic exchange aims at the promotion of young academics with a special focus on exploring cultures of learning in India.

Two scholarships for Heidelberg M.A. and Ph.D. students for study and research stays at the BHU/IIT-BHU are awarded each year (2019-2022). During their stay, scholarship holders will actively participate in the academic life at the partner institution. The students will attend BHU and IIT-BHU courses, and work on their thesis with co-supervision from academics at the hosting institution.

The SAI invites applications for 2 scholarships (incl. travel allowance) for a stay up to 6 months at the BHU/IIT-BHU. Eligible are M.A. and Ph.D. students of the SAI/Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS).

Applications should be submitted as one pdf file to npi@sai.uni-heidelberg.de and should include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Abstract of your research and/or mention of your field of interest (max. 5 pages)
  3. Reference letter from a professor of the SAI/CATS
  4. Motivation letter: explain what you expect from your stay at BHU/IIT (BHU). Indicate also the preferred length and period of your stay, in line with the programme guidelines.
Partners
Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology), Heidelberg University, Germany
Wuerzburg
Chair of Indology, Institute of Cultural Studies of East and South Asia, Würzburg University, Germany
BHU
Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
IIT-BHU
Indian Institute of Technology (B.H.U.) Varanasi
DAAD
BMBF
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

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