Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies

HumanitiesHistory and archaeologyLanguages and literaturePhilosophy, ethics and religionOther humanities

The Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) is jointly run by FU and HU. It is part of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg, preceded and further developed by the Excellence Cluster Topoi. A unique feature is its close cooperation with four prestigious non-university research institutions on site: the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Archaeological Institute, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

The language of instruction is predominantly German with some English.


We provide a wide range of interdisciplinary programs for students with an interest in the ancient world who wish to pursue a doctorate in any area of Ancient Studies and related fields:

  • Ancient Languages and Texts
  • Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science
  • Ancient Objects and Visual Studies
  • Landscape Archaeology and Architecture
  • Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road

Our programs are open to candidates with a Master’s degree, diploma, or German “Staatsexamen”.

Doctoral candidates are expected to complete all program requirements, including the dissertation, within three years.

Freie Universität Berlin Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin programmes programme Prof. Dr Cilliers Breytenbach Prof. Dr Monika Trümper Dr Carmen Marcks-Jacobs ancient history

Berliner Antike-Kolleg, ancient languages and texts, ancient philosophy, ancient world

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Stephan G. Schmid
Prof. Dr. Monika Trümper
Coordinator: Dr. Carmen Marcks-Jacobs
HU Berlin

Dr. Regina Attula
FU Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 20931711
Deadlines: 1st April, 1st September each year
Places: ca. 25 per year
Scholarships: vary