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

a cooperation between GCSC and RCSC


Jan 17, 2023 from 02:00 to 03:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100)



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With a slight change of plan, this workshop will be offered as an info session (ca. 60 min., from 14.00 hours on January 17th) and a longer, more practice-oriented installment in the summer semester (details tba).

Please register by January 13th via Stud.IP. Submitting an abstract is optional at this point, participants can also add it later for the second installment of the workshop. 


The Eigene Stellea 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 practical guidance for the application process. 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.


The workshop falls into a more information-based first half and a more practical second half of about 90 minutes each. Communication takes place in English and German.


Please send an abstract of your postdoc / DFG project (actual or hypothetical) to Alexander Scherr by 10th January 2023: – The abstract can be written in either English or German; it must be no longer than 3.000 characters (incl. spaces).


// 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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