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The benefits of GCSC membership

Members work alongside fellow doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and professors in our cutting-edge Research Areas, discuss their projects in colloquia, workshops and master classes, exchange ideas with leading national and international scholars and are integrated into our vast network. GCSC members have access to shared working spaces in the GGK/GCSC building. Furthermore, GCSC's doctoral researchers are eligible to apply for funding towards research and conference trips, and benefit from our Career Service and Teaching Centre.



Applicants for a membership must fulfill the following criteria:

  • They must have graduated with excellent marks from two-year research-track master's programmes in one of the GCSC's academic subjects or in cultural studies;
  • They must not have already been pursuing their doctoral studies for more than one year (exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis);
  • The topic of the dissertation must be relevant to the GCSC’s research profile.

Any graduate student in the faculties of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, History and Cultural Studies, and Language, Literature and Culture, as well as those in the Centre for Philosophy, can apply for membership. In addition, all external doctoral students from these faculties can also apply for membership at our Centre.

Members are expected to:

  • have their pimary supervisor at JLU and
  • register as a graduate student at JLU.

Please note: The supervisor may be chosen before or shortly after admission. Likewise, you may register as a graduate student before or after being awarded member status. There are no tuition fees for doctoral students at JLU, except for an enrolment fee of approximately € 277 per semester.

For detailed information about the disciplines and scholars involved, see the affiliated departments. If your main subject does not appear on this list (for example, if you have a degree in Cultural Studies), you may still be eligible for membership at the GCSC, provided your research project fits into one of the GCSC’s research areas.




As GCSC membership is not connected to internal funding, we are happy to assist our members in securing a suitable grant from other scholarship-granting institutions.



Please contact Ann Van de Veire for further details:

+49 – 641 – 99 30041