Yezidi Studies Center

Call for PhD applications in Yezidi Studies

The Yezidi Studies Center YSC in collaboration with the Oriental Institute at Leipzig University invites applications from potential PhD students who like to pursue a research project that relates to the goals and mission of the YSC.

Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sebastian Maisel, the Ph.D. student will conduct research and fulfill all other academic requirements to complete his/her thesis in the field of Yezidi Studies.

Yezidi Studies is an interdisciplinary field with a focus on Yezidi society, culture, and religion. Proposals that include topics to further this agenda are welcome. In order to allow for a larger representation in academia, female Yezidi applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

Every year, 1 to 2 applicants will be admitted to Leipzig University’s list of doctoral candidates. This entitles them to the benefits of other international PhD students in Germany. No tuition fees are charged. However, no other financial support is granted with the acceptance into this program. The Yezidi Studies Center will assist the candidates in finding scholarships.

Please send your proposal package that includes:
– a cover letter about your motivation to apply for this program
– the Ph.D. proposal: max. 5 pages that include a working title, precise research thesis, suggested methodology, and bibliographical notes
– CV
– a copy of your MA certificate to by April 30, 2024.

After approval, the selected candidate may start their work on October 1, 2024. Residence in Germany is not required. The thesis may be written in German or English.

               Prof. Dr. Sebastian Maisel

Professor für Arabische Sprach- und Übersetzungswissenschaft
Orientalisches Institut, Universität Leipzig   
Yezidi Studies Center  

Tel: +49 341 9737202
Schillerstraße 6 04158 Leipzig