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How to apply

All you need to know about the application process.

The deadline for applications is February 1st, 2021. In well-founded cases – for example, if you would not finish your first degree until after May 1st – the IPP may grant an extension for you to submit missing documents by May 1st, 2021.

Notification of acceptance will be given during July 2021. The IPP study programme begins in mid-October 2021.

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • a covering letter stating your motivation for applying to the IPP, addressing how your project fits with the IPP profile
  • curriculum vitae with a detailed description of your academic profile
  • copies of all relevant school-leaving / university entrance certificates and university degree certificates (including transcripts of records)
  • a copy of your diploma/MA thesis (If the thesis is not written in English or German, we will accept the full-text copy in the original language plus a summary of the thesis and the table of contents in English or German).
  • two letters of reference from a university teacher providing information about your academic qualifications
  • an outline of the dissertation project of no more than 10 pages, as well as an indication of the time-frame, envisaged for the completion of the project
  • we strongly recommend that applicants search and apply for funding options parallel to their applications to the IPP. 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.


The application deadline is February 1, 2021. All applications have to be submitted via e-mail to . Please send all application documents as one pdf-file, titled <last name>_Application, and attach your diploma/MA thesis as a separate pdf-file, titled <last name>_Thesis.

Covering letters should be addressed to the Academic Director of the IPP:

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Nünning
International PhD Programme (IPP) "Literary and Cultural Studies"
Giessen Graduate School for the Humanities (GGK)
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Alter Steinbacher Weg 38
35394 Giessen

For further information, please contact the IPP coordinator at:

Dr. Elizabeth Kovach
IPP "Literary and Cultural Studies"
Giessen Graduate School for the Humanities
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Alter Steinbacher Weg 38
35394 Giessen

phone: +49-(0)641-99 300 55
fax: +49-(0)641-99 300 47