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Junior scholar training

The Berlin Graduate school of Ancient studies (BerGSAS) is an institution of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg that serves as a graduate school for the Excellence Cluster Topoi. Each year, a considerable number of young scholars begin their phD studies here. Many of them also become a member of a topoi research group. They work on dissertations in one of a current total of six doctoral study programs, all of which also cover traditional curricula:


The interdisciplinary programs break new ground. In addition to being thematically oriented, they also impart core competencies, fundamental theories and methodological skills. This allows the programs to cover all of the subjects falling within the purview of ancient studies, as well as the geosciences and other natural sciences.

International networking is an essential element of all doctoral programs. Exchange agreements with partner universities and research institutions such as LMU München, University College London and the institute for the study of the Ancient World in New York, combined with international doctoral colloquia, conferences and workshops, foster the international experience of doctoral candidates.

The Graduate school is supported by all Topoi partner institutions and a total of four faculties from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and three departments from the Freie Universität Berlin.