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This year, the GCSC grants up to 6 scholarships to new members. We strongly recommend, however, that applicants search and apply for alternative funding options parallel to their application to the GCSC. International applicants can consider applying for a Research Grant for Doctoral Studies in Germany sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or comparable funding institutions within their home countries.

We welcome applications from students who…

  • … graduated with excellent marks from two-year research-track master’s programmes in the humanities or social sciences no longer than two years ago, and
  • … propose a research project of outstanding academic quality which contributes substantially to one or more of our research areas.

Scholarships are advertised annually in November for entry in the following winter semester starting in October.

We employ a two-stage application process. For stage 1, candidates will be asked to upload a statement of intent, along with a CV and a short abstract outlining the goals of their PhD project onto the application website (open only during application periods). Furthermore, we ask you to submit two references from university teachers.

After we have reviewed and approved of the initial application, candidates will, at stage 2, be asked to submit the following documents:

  • copies of all degree certificates
  • a research proposal of no more than 10 pages. All proposals should include a brief abstract summing up aims and methods, sketch the guiding questions of the project within the context of current academic debates, and show how the dissertation will make an original and important contribution to the field. The proposal should also clearly indicate how the project can contribute to the GCSC research profile and outline the source materials that will be used.
  • a realistic timetable for the completion of the project
  • a copy of the undergraduate or master’s thesis

After scrutinising the applications, the selection committee will invite the most promising applicants for an interview at Giessen which will determine which candidates will receive the scholarships.

Scholarship Advice

For all its predoctoral members, the GCSC provides specialist scholarship advice, helping to secure funding for living expenses.

Click here for more information.