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Meet our doctoral students

Muhammed Niyas Ashraf, Nadja Danilenko, Rosa Castillo und Clemens Holzgruber

Muhammed Niyas Ashraf, Nadja Danilenko, Rosa Castillo und Clemens Holzgruber

"One of the main reasons I chose to do my PhD at the BGSMCS is the highly multidisciplinary approach to studying Muslim cultures and societies. Beyond this, the Graduate School also offers an intimate and convivial intellectual atmosphere and provides for an excellent place to experience academia in Germany as well as the local culture in Berlin."

– Muhammed Niyas Ashraf, Doctoral Researcher, Islamic Studies


"I appreciated the community at the GS most. Not only did my own cohort and old hands from previous years help me cope with challenges, they made the ride worthwhile. With the GS’s support in navigating the administration and academia, finishing my PhD came close to plain sailing."

– Nadja Danilenko, alumna, now Postdoctoral Researcher at the Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts”, Universität Hamburg


"The BGSMCS is a unique place to interact, discuss with, and learn from scholars and students from various disciplines and backgrounds. Its multi-disciplinary setting enables students to encounter new ideas and approaches on how to address their research interests and to transcend traditional disciplinary divisions in theoretical and methodological questions."

– Clemens Holzgruber, doctoral researcher, Islamic Studies


"During my time at the Graduate School, I really appreciated the opportunities given to doctoral and postdoctoral fellows to suggest, offer, and organise their own workshops. This really helped improve and build the Graduate School over the years."

– Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo, alumna, now Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department for Southeast Asian Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin