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RCSC Workshop | Research Funding after the PhD: The DFG Grant Application (Eigene Stelle)

a cooperation between GCSC and RCSC


May 16, 2023 from 01:00 to 04:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)


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 The Eigene Stelle – a DFG grant – is an attractive (albeit competitive) funding option for researchers after the PhD. It is attractive not only because it can serve to finance an individual position (for example, for a postdoctoral researcher) for at least 3 years. Its appeal is also due to the fact that successful funding applications are a major asset on the academic job market and increasingly important for researchers who consider a professorial career.


The workshop aims to introduce the Eigene Stelle as a funding scheme and provide guidance for the application process. It falls into a more information-based first half and a more practical second half in which we will discuss strategies for writing an abstract (a component of the application). Communication takes place in English and German.


Attendees who are already working on a DFG application are welcome to join, as are postdocs and (advanced) PhD candidates who consider doing so as a future possibility.


// Dr. Alexander Scherr is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of English and an associated postdoc at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC). Most of his research is related, in one way or another, to the study of narrative in all its shapes. He is the author of a monograph on Narrating Evolution (WVT 2017) and has published some 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and handbooks. Further research interests include literature and science, sociological approaches to literature, postcolonial studies, and Gothic studies. As of October 2022, Alexander’s research on his current book project on “Essayistic Forms of Life in the Anglophone Novel” is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). A German abstract of the project is available here .

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