PhD in the Study of Culture, Giessen University

Deadline: 1 March, 2013
Open to: graduate students who have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours M.A.-degree (or equivalent) in one of the GCSC’s academic subjects or in the arts/humanities, cultural studies, or the social sciences
Scholarship: a monthly stipend of approximately €1,468

Description

Giessen University’s International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), funded by the German federal government’s Excellence Initiative, offers a three-year, structured PhD-programme in the study of culture. With its excellent research environment, a doctoral programme which is tailored to the needs of PhD students and the intensive personal support it provides, the Graduate Centre offers doctoral researchers optimum conditions for their PhD-projects and custom-made preparation for the time thereafter, both with regard to academic and non-academic careers.

The GCSC invites applications for one of the up to 13 PhD scholarships available, which are funded by the Excellence Initiative as well as the Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Eligibility

The GCSC encourages applications from graduate students who have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours M.A.-degree (or equivalent) in one of the GCSC’s academic subjects or in the arts/humanities, cultural studies, or the social sciences. The GCSC’s working languages are German and English, and applicants must be fluent in at least one of them; knowledge of both is an advantage and should be acquired during the scholarship period.

Scholarship

  • The PhD scholarship period starts on October 1, 2013 and includes a monthly stipend of approximately €1,468 (plus family allowances when applicable). Scholarships are offered for one year with the possibility of two extensions, each of one year. The GCSC supports young researchers with families; appointees with children under the age of twelve are eligible for renewals of up to four years.
  • Acceptance of a scholarship requires participation in the study programme and wide-ranging events offered by the GCSC, as well as active involvement in at least one GCSC graduate research group. PhD scholarship holders must register as PhD students at the Justus Liebig University.
  • There are no tuition fees for doctoral students at the JLU, except for an enrolment fee of approximately €200 per semester. All scholarship holders are expected to assume residency in or near Giessen.

Application

To apply for GCSC scholarships, you will first be asked to fill in and submit an online application form and to upload the following documents before the current deadline (March 1st):

  • a 1-2 page cover letter, explaining your motives for applying at the GCSC;
  • a short abstract of your research project (approx. 500 words), including the title of your project and a brief outline of the methodology you will use;
  • a curriculum vitae.
  • Please compile one single PDF-document containing all of the above documents (1-2 pp. cover letter, abstract, and CV). This document should then be labeled according to the following format: Lastname_Firstname.pdf.
  • Once you have created the PDF-file, please fill in our online application form. You can then upload your PDF-file as a part of the online form and submit your application by pressing the “send” button. You will receive an email confirming the submission of your application. Should you not receive this email, please check your spam filter before resending your application form.
  • In addition, we require two letters of recommendation provided by university professors. Please make sure that these references reach the GCSC by the announced deadline. References should be posted to the following address:Director Prof. Dr. Ansgar Nünning
    International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
    Alter Steinbacher Weg 38
    35394 Giessen
    Germany

For more details see FAQ

Contact: If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact us at [email protected]

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