Franco-German PhD-Track

As part of the partnership between the Université Aix-Marseille and the University of Hildesheim, the international doctoral program “Cultural Mediation / Médiation Culturelle de l’Art” was set up on December 1, 2013 with the support and funding of the Franco-German University (DFH). Both universities have been offering the integrated German-French double master’s degree in cultural mediation / Médiation Culturelle de l’Art since 2001. After an initial five-year funding phase, the program was positively evaluated by the DFH and transferred to a second five-year funding phase (2018-2023).

Participation requirements

The doctoral college is aimed at graduates who have obtained the right to do a doctorate with a university degree. The prerequisite is an above-average grade in the master’s degree or a comparable university degree and the submission of an exposé in two languages. In addition to a suitable content-related question, this must also explain the relationship to the international course of the doctorate. Proof of language skills, a subject-related curriculum vitae and a list of publications must also be submitted. The program is preferably aimed at graduates of the Hildesheimer or other German-French master’s programs. However, it is also open to suitable projects for anyone interested in a doctorate.

Content orientation

The doctoral projects combine a focus on the reflection of formats and discourses of cultural mediation / Médiation Culturelle de l’Art. Doctoral projects that are based at the Institute for Cultural Policy (Prof. Dr. Julius Heinicke) can be oriented towards research questions on cultural policy, the arts and social transformations with a German-French reference.


Funding from the DFH as part of the PhD program includes a scholarship as a mobility grant of a maximum of 18 months in the foreign phase amounting to 600 euros per month. In addition to this financial support, there is also the possibility of participating in the numerous research studios of the UNESCO chair “Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development” at the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim. As part of a cotutelle-de-thèse, the DFH offers further financial support options.

More information about the PhD track available from Dr. Daniel Gad (kupo-int(at)