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The International PhD Programme offers a three-year doctoral programme in literary and cultural studies of high academic standard. It is designed to provide optimum conditions for pursuing your PhD.

The International PhD Programme "Literary and Cultural Studies" (IPP) was launched in 2002. Initially funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the IPP has been financed by Justus Liebig University (JLU) since the expiration of the DAAD’s maximum funding period in 2007. The IPP is an integral part of the Giessen Graduate School for the Humanities (GGK) and a pioneering model for internationalisation in postgraduate education in Germany. The International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) and the European PhDnet "Literary and Cultural Studies" build on the experience and expertise of the IPP as well as on the structures and networks it has established.

The international research training programme in literary and cultural studies offers optimum conditions for doctoral researchers in pursuing their PhD. The IPP has served as a pillar of the comprehensive and sustained reform of graduate studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen.


  • offers an international curriculum which integrates the doctoral researchers into national and international academic communities
  • acquaints doctoral researchers with state-of-the-art theories, methodologies, approaches and concepts in the fields of literary and cultural studies
  • improves the quality of the dissertation while, at the same time, reducing the time needed to obtain the degree
  • encourages independent research from an early stage on (e.g. through international publications and conferences)
  • provides ample opportunity to acquire academic and practical qualifications in cooperation with the GCSC Teaching Centre and the GGK/GCSC Career Service, such as systematic training in academic teaching as well as other practical and professional skills.