PhD Scholarships in Study of Culture, Giessen University, Germany

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Giessen University - International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture

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 GCSC offers postgraduate students optimum conditions for their PhD-projects and a custom-made preparation for the time thereafter, both with regard to academic and non-academic careers.

From 1st October 2010, we offer up to 9 PhD scholarships.

PhD scholarships include a monthly stipend of approximately 1.100 and are offered for one year with the possibility of two extensions, each of a year. Scholarships commence on 1st October, 2010.

The GCSC is dedicated to excellent research in eight defined research areas: Memory Cultures | Culture and Narration | Culture and Performativity | Visual Culture | Culture, Language and the New Media | Culture and Identities | Political and Transnational Cultures | Cultures of Knowledge, Research and Education.

We invite applications contributing to the study of culture in various historical contexts as well as those analyzing contemporary phenomena. 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 social sciences. Fluency in either English or German is required.

Acceptance of a scholarship requires participation in the study programme and the 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 Justus Liebig University. There are no tuition fees for doctoral students at JLU, except for an enrolment fee of approximately €200 per semester. All scholarship holders are expected to take up residency in or near Giessen.

The main selection criteria are the candidates academic qualification, 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.

The application deadline is March 1st, 2010 (date of receipt).

All applications (including an application form and further documents as stated on the GCSC-website) have to be submitted online. Please find all information on the two-stage application procedure and our contact details on our website at


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