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Are you planning to pursue a PhD in Cultural Studies or the Humanities? Do you wish to join an international and interdisciplinary research environment that offers platforms for collaborative projects and individual support structures? Have you considered applying for a GCSC or IPP membership or scholarship? If this is you, we have just the right tool to prepare you for the application process and your potential start at our centre:

New Format – New Insights
This Info Hub is a brand new format for communicating information about the application processes at our centre and give insights into what comes along when starting your PhD with us. In order to improve the Info Hub, we rely on your feedback. We thus kindly ask you to share your impressions and experiences with us by taking this short survey here.


What the Info Hub Contains
  • Information Videos about the GCSC Application Process
  • Live Q&A Sessions about the GCSC and IPP Application Process
  • Individual Consultation Hours with Professors from JLU
Additional Information Material
  • Information about the IPP Application Process
  • Information about the GCSC Application Process
  • Tips for Writing Your Research Proposal
GCSC/IPP Info Hub – Welcome

The Idea

What the Info Hub Contains

The GCSC/IPP Info Hub is designed as a new asynchronous format deriving from the former GCSC/IPP Info Day. With this new design we hope to provide a reliable tool to come back to during the application process – a platform where you can inform yourself according to your own needs and at your own pace.

The GCSC/IPP Info Hub consists of both video material and supplementary documents that are designed to inform you about the GCSC, the study programme and research environment, and the application processes at the GCSC and IPP. It also offers information for international prospects about the additional funding scheme made available by the DAAD’s Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP). You find more information about the memberships and scholarships starting in October 2024 here for the GCSC and here for the IPP. Please also refer to our FAQs for the GCSC application process and the IPP application procedure.

The online material of the Info Hub is complemented by two live Q&A sessions in which you have the opportunity to ask individual questions about the application at the GCSC and PP. Since these are two separate processes, we also offer two separate Q&A sessions. You may of course participate in both. The live Q&As will take place on January 11, 2024, and are scheduled for 2 pm (CET) for the GCSC; and 3 pm (CET) for the IPP. Both sessions are online meetings and will take place via BigBlueButton. Registration via the online form is required.

Moreover, the Info Hub provides a framework for your participation in individual consultation with professors of Justus Liebig University (JLU). These consultations will be possible in the three weeks of January 8 to January 26, 2024. If you are interested in an individual consultation, we, however, strongly advise you to arrange this appointment before the winter break (December 22, 2023, the latest). You find more information about the procedure below.

Information Material for the Application Process for GCSC Scholarships and Memberhsips

The following videos provide information about the application process for GCSC scholarships and memberships. Here, you find information about

  1. what our application process looks like and who will be assessing your application.
  2. more about what your application documents should look like.
  3. the differences between the GCSC scholarship and the GCSC membership (so you can decide which to best apply for). 
  4. whether the GSSP scholarship could be an additional opportunity for you and how you can apply for it.

You can download the script with all information about the GCSC Application Process here (or find the English and German version in the Additional Material section of this website).  

GCSC InfoHub #1 – Stages of Your Application Process

GCSC InfoHub #1 – Stages of Your Application Process

GCSC InfoHub #3 – Memberships and Scholarships at the GCSC

GCSC InfoHub #2 – How to Apply at the GCSC

GCSC InfoHub #4 – Applying for a GSSP Scholarship

Live Q&A Sessions

The live Q&A Sessions on January 11, 2024, give you the opportunity to pose individual questions. Hence, if there are any issues or problems that you are running into concerning the application process at the GCSC and/or IPP, this is the space to address these.

We have scheduled one Q&A sessions for each application process, and you are welcome to join each. The Q&A for the GCSC will take place at 2 pm (CET) on January 11. The Q&A for the IPP is scheduled for 3 pm (CET) on January 11.

If you are interested in participating at one or both of the live Q&A sessions on January 11, 2024, please register until January 8, 5 pm (CET).

The meeting links for each Q&A session will be sent to everyone who is registered by January 10th.

Individual Consultation Hours

Within the framework of the GCSC/IPP Info Hub, you have the chance to arrange an individual consultation with up to two professors or potential supervisors of JLU to talk about your dissertation project or supervision structures. Previous attendees of the former GCSC Information Day have always very much appreciated this opportunity.

You can schedule your individual consultations for the second to fourth calendar week of 2024, from January 8 to January 26, 2024. You find a list of professors who will be available for consultations below. Some have indicated that they are only available at a specific date and time, others could, in principle, offer several free slots throughout the week and will let you know about their availability once you have contacted them.

Please reach out for arranging your individual consultation until December 22, 2023. 

Before you start reaching out, there are a couple of things to pay attention to when you are contacting them:

  • You may contact up to two potential professors/supervisors of JLU for a consultation.
  • You have to contact each professor/supervisor individually until December 22, 2023 at the latest.
  • When contacting, please refer to the Info Hub by using the subject <<GCSC Info Hub – Individuelle Sprechstunde>> or in English <<GCSC Info Hub – Individual Consultation>>.
  • Please provide the professors/supervisors with some information about yourself, e.g., your previous studies, your dissertation project, etc.
  • In general, the allotted time for a consultation is 20 minutes. Some professors/supervisors might suggest talking a bit longer.
  • The session itself will be conducted either via a webroom like BigBlueButton, telephone or for those available in Giessen also in-person at the JLU campus. This is up to the professors’/supervisors’ preferences.
List of Professors

 List of Professors


Field of Research

Email Address


Specification/ Availability

Prof. Dr. Hannah Ahlheim

Contemporary History

English / German

January 17, 4–6 pm

or by individual arrangement

Prof. Dr. Jörn Ahrens

Cultural Sociology

English / German


Dr. habil. Michael Basseler

English Studies

English / German


Prof. Dr. Thomas Bohn

Eastern European History

English / German


Prof. Dr. Helmut Breitmeier

Political Science (International Relations)


English / German


Prof. Dr. Bettina Brockmeyer


English / German


Prof. Dr. Horst Carl

History (Early Modern Periode)

English / German


Prof. Dr. Thomas Daiber

Slavic Studies

English / German

January 17, 12–2 pm

January 18, 12–3 pm

or alternatively between January 15 to 19

Prof. Dr. Cora Dietl

German Studies (Literary History)

English / German


Prof. Dr. Verena Dolle

Romance Studies

English / German

January 9, 2–3 pm

January 16, 9:30–10 am

January 23, 2–3 pm

Prof. Dr. Thomas Gloning

German Studies

English / German


Prof. Dr. Kirsten von Hagen

Romance Studies (French and Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies)

English / German /French

January 17, 24, 25, 9:30 am each

Prof. Dr. Claudia Hattendorff

Art History

English / German


Prof. Dr. Joachim Jacob

German Studies



Prof. Dr. Mark Kirchner

Turkish Studies

English / German


Prof. Dr. Andreas Langenohl

Social Sciences


English / German

from January 15

Prof. Dr. Katrin Lehnen

German Studies

English / German


Prof. Dr. Peter-Josef Johannes von Möllendorff

Classic and Greek Philology

English / German


Prof. Dr. Karen Piepenbrink


English / German


Prof. Dr. Gerson Reuter


English / German

January 16, 1–2 pm

January 18, 2–3 pm

January 23, 1–2 pm

January 25, 2–3 pm

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Ruby

Art History

English / German

January 11, 9–10 am

January 18, 9–10 am

January 25, 9–10 am

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Schnurr

Art History and Didactics

English / German


Prof. Dr. Falk Seiler

Romance Studies (French)

English / German / French


Prof. Dr. Annette Simonis

German Studies (Comparative Literature)

English / German

January 15, 4–5 pm (online)

Prof. Dr. Markus Späth

Art History


English / German

January 15, 16, 21, 22, 9 am – 4 pm each

Prof. Dr. Ivo Steininger

Teaching Anglophone Literatures and Cultures

English / German


Prof. Dr. Anja Voeste

German Studies

English / German


Prof. Dr. Stefan Wahlen

Food Sociology

English / German


Additional Information

Additional Information Material

In this section, you find additional material, resources and references to help you find your way through the application process, as well as scripts from the information videos about the application processes at the GCSC and IPP. 

Tips for Writing Your Research Proposal

For International Applicants: Download the Information Leaflet on Writing a Research Proposal here.

For some more guidelines and tips on how to write your research proposal, we have collected a handful of references that can be a useful starting point or general resource:

  • Damaskinidis, George & Anastasia Christodoulou (2019). Writing Research Proposals for Social Sciences and Humanities in a Higher Education Context. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Denscombe, Martyn (2012). Research Proposals – A Practical Guide (Open UP Study Skills). Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Chapter 2 of: Thomas, Desmond (2016). The PhD Writing Handbook (Bloomsbury Research Skills). London: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Chapter 4 of: Shabani Mligo, Elia (2016). Introduction to Research Methods and Report Writing. A Practical Guide for Students and Researchers in Social Sciences and the Humanities. Eugene: Resource Publications