Giessen University PhD Scholarships for International Students in Germany

Giessen University’s International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), co-funded by the German federal government’s Excellence Initiative, offers a three-year, structured PhD-programme in the study of culture.
The GCSC supports young researchers with families: appointees with children under the age of twelve are eligible for renewals of up to four years.
The University of Giessen, officially called Justus Liebig University Giessen, is a large public research university in Giessen, Hesse, Germany.
Applicants must obtain a first or upper second class ho
nors M.A. degree (or the equivalent). 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 Description: 

  • Application deadline: February 1, 2018
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available for the Ph.D. programme at Giessen University.
  • Study Subject: The GCSC expects scholarship holders to:
    • Pursue a dissertation project that contributes to the GCSC’s research profile* and can be supervised at the Justus Liebig University,
    • Actively participate in one of the GCSC’s research areas* by initiating, coordinating and documenting collaborative research projects, such as conferences or publications,
    • Participate in the GCSC’s curriculum.
  • Scholarship Award: The Ph.D. scholarship period starts on October 1, 2018, 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.
  • Number of Scholarships: The GCSC invites applications for one of the up to 11 Ph.D. scholarships available.
  • Nationality: German and international
  • Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: German and international applicants are eligible to apply.
  • Entrance Requirements:
    • We invite applications from students who graduated with excellent marks (from two-year research-track master’s programmes in one of the GCSC’s academic subjects* or  the arts/humanities, cultural studies or social sciences no longer than two years ago as well as from students who expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours M.A. degree (or the equivalent).
    • The GCSC encourages applications which make a significant contribution to the study of culture in various historical contexts, including contemporary phenomena. An international research perspective, i.e. international study experience, is an advantage.
    • 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.
    • The GCSC focuses its research within the following Research Areas*: Research Area 1: Cultural Memory Studies | Research Area 2: Cultural Narratologies | Research Area 3: Cultural Transformation and Performativity Studies | Research Area 4: Visual and Material Culture Studies | Research Area 5: Media and Multiliteracy Studies | Research Area 6: Cultural Identities | Research Area 7: Global Studies and Politics of Space | Research Area 8: Cultures of Knowledge, Research and Education.
    • In addition, the GCSC has established five research groups organized around “emerging topics” that are expected to contribute to the research profile by establishing and strengthening links to neighboring disciplines as well as to emerging topics in contemporary public discourse. Thus far, Emerging Topic Groups have been established on “Ecology”, “Migration”, „Religion” and “Life Sciences”.
  • English Language Requirements: 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.

Application Procedure:

The main selection criteria are the candidates’ academic qualifications, the academic quality of the research proposal and the suitability of the project for the GCSC’s research programme. Short-listed candidates will be invited to a 30-minute interview.

How to Apply: The application deadline is February 1, 2018. All applications have to be submitted online – please register (as of 1st December). Please find all information about the two-stage application procedure on our website. If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact us at gcsc-application-at-uni-giessen.de. On January 10, 2018, the GCSC will host an Information Day at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Alter Steinbacher Weg 38, 35394 Giessen. The Information Day gives potential applicants the opportunity to meet the faculty and students involved in the doctoral programme. You will also have a chance to obtain more information on the research areas and academic objectives of the GCSC; the wide range of interdisciplinary courses, colloquia, and conferences; the research support on offer; international networks and partner institutions; as well as publishing and additional funding opportunities available to GCSC members. To register for the Information Day, please visit our website (starting December 1st).
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