"My most extraordinary experience was a lecture in the context of a science slam organized by the foundation on a drizzly evening in an allotment in Berlin. For me the entire undertaking from my arrival to my return to Munich was unique and highly eventful. I will cherish fond memories of it."
"My best experience during the time of my doctorate was the moment I held in my hands the bound copy of my finished dissertation after an intensive, but unforgettable final phase."
"I almost gave up once when I heard about a parallel study on my topic that was to be published before the completion of my own project. I started doubting whether I would succeed in notably advancing knowledge in this field given the general flood of scientific publications."
"My topic still concerns me today, because I am currently preparing my work for publication. Moreover the question of how to write history never really leaves you alone as long as you are working as a historian."
"A particular help to me at the time was several things actually. The scholarship granted me a freedom that I will never again have in my life in that form. My supervisors let me work undisturbed, but always gave me a feeling of confidence in what I was doing. In addition, the social environment at LMU made many a working day a pleasant experience."
Dr. Alexander Free
Research Assistant at the Institute for Ancient History, LMU Munich
Born in Bremerhaven, lives today in Munich
Dissertation topic: Geschichtsschreibung als Paideia. Lukians Schrift „Wie man Geschichte schreiben soll“ in der Bildungskultur des 2. Jahrhunderts n. Chr. (dissertation awaits publication)
completed in: 2014