PhD scholarship (three years), « History of the Ottoman Red Crescent (1869-1923) », Leibniz Institute of European History, Mayence (Allemagne) — LIMITE : 23/03/2014

The Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz is offering a PhD scholarship (three years) starting on 1 June 2014
on the History of the Ottoman Red Crescent (1869-1923).

The IEG promotes research on the historical foundations of Europe from the early modern period to the present day. The central theme of the IEG’s research programme is negotiating difference – enabling, establishing and confronting religious, political and social differences in early modern and modern Europe. In doing so, it also considers the question of Europe’s frontiers and its relations with the regions beyond.

The PhD project should relate to the institute’s research on the subject of “humanitarian ideas and practices”. The history of humanitarianism has recently been discovered as an important field of History and is still lacking studies on non-Western, non-Christian forms, ideas and practices of humanitarian aid. The project on the first Islamic branch of the Red Cross movement will respond to this lacuna in research and present an innovative work based on unexplored archival sources.

Candidates should hold a master’s degree in history, Islamic Studies or Oriental Studies. In order to read source materials, knowledge of Ottoman is a prerequisite, knowledge of Turkish and French would be very helpful. International applicants should be prepared to learn German. The successful candidate will be expected to reside in Mainz.

The scholarship is 1200 Euros per month, with additional funds for travelling available.

Applications should be submitted by post or e-mail by 23 March under the heading “Red Crescent” to:
Leibniz Institute of European History, Attn. Mrs. Erika Seibel, Human Resources, Alte Universitätsstrasse 19, 55116 Mainz, Germany or

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Esther Moeller (

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