The GCSC particularly welcomes applications for PhD scholarships from students who
- graduated with excellent marks from two-year research-track master's programmes in one of the GCSC’s or in cultural studies no longer than two years ago
Please note: If your main subject does not appear on the list of (for example, if you have a degree in Cultural Studies), you may still be eligible for membership of the GCSC, provided your research project can contribute to the GCSC’s research profile.
- are proposing a research project that contributes to one (or several) of the GCSC’s research areas and that they have not worked on for more than one year
- are fluent in English or German, knowledge of both is an advantage and should be acquired during the scholarship period.
Acceptance of a scholarship requires participation in the study and research programme and the wide-ranging events offered by the GCSC, as well as active involvement in the relevant GCSC graduate research groups. Appointees of doctoral scholarships are also expected to contribute to one of the GCSC’s research areas and to initiate coordinate and document collaborative research projects, such as conferences or publications.
Scholarship holders and members must be registered as PhD students at Justus Liebig University and are expected to take up residence in or near Giessen. PhD supervisors from among the GCSC faculty may be chosen by the applicants before or soon after their admission. There are no tuition fees for doctoral researchers at JLU, except for an enrollment fee of approximately € 300 per semester.
How to apply
- 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.
- two letters of recommendation provided by university professors.
- Copies of your school and university diplomas
- A dissertation-project proposal that includes an overview of the current state of research pertaining to the topic, your main research questions and methodology as well as a selected bibliography. Please make clear the extend to which your research project contributes to the GCSC’s research profile. Your proposal should not exceed 10 pages (excluding bibliography).
- A detailed schedule describing the specific stages of your work over a period of three years
- a digital copy of your M.A.-thesis
If your M.A.-thesis was written in a language other than English or German, please upload your original thesis as well as a summary of about two pages written in English or German. This summary should provide information on the major research questions, the methods and models applied, as well as the results achieved. Additionally, we would ask you to provide a translated version of the table of contents.
Should you still be in the process of writing your thesis: please see our FAQ section
Your entire application will be examined by two internal referees. Together with their evaluation comments, your application will be submitted to the Selection Committee of the GCSC, who will compile a shortlist. We will notify you - by April 18 - whether you will be invited to an interview for one of the GCSC scholarships as well as memberships. These interviews will take place at the GCSC on May 7 and 8. If you are called for an interview, you may present your research in either language.
We hope that you find this information helpful for preparing your application. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your application!
On the basis of the applications, the distribution of places will be decided by the Selection Committee.
The selection of candidates will be determined by their academic qualifications as well as by the quality of their research proposal and the suitability of the project to the GCSC research programme. Short-listed candidates will be invited to a 30-minute interview at the GCSC.