Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Philosophy - Philosophy, Science and the Sciences

Doctoral Program

The Research Training Group offers a structured doctoral program in ancient philosophy and science. Students in the program write dissertations, in German or English, which may be more philosophical or more philological in character. Research and dissertation projects focus on a wide range of authors and subjects. Dissertations in the Research Training Group involve both philosophy and some special science or other (including mathematics, medicine, and other disciplines that we might not today consider special sciences, such as grammar or divination). The program involves research courses, reading groups, tutorial supervision, international workshops, and intensive short courses. The language of instruction is English. The program has a teaching staff of several full professors as well as many additional faculty. In addition, it brings distinguished international scholars to Berlin.

As part of the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS), the program is embedded in a lively community of scholars and institutions all devoted to ancient studies. BerGSAS offers structured programs of doctoral studies and involves the participation of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin and a number of non-university research institutions.

The international Ancient Philosophy & Science Network (APSN)

Students of the program are automatically part of the international Ancient Philosophy & Science Network (APSN) founded by the Graduate Program. Its international partners are among the foremost departments in the world for ancient and late ancient philosophy and science. (Find more information here)


Unfortunately, there will be no further calls for applications for predoctoral students and doctoral candidates as the funding period of the Research Training Group is coming to an end in 2023.