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Membership and Eligibility

The IPP encourages applications for membership from postgraduate students from around the world. Please find information on the application process and criteria for eligibility here.

International PhD Programme (IPP) "Literary and Cultural Studies"

The benefits of an IPP membership

As a member of the IPP, you are entitled to:

  • participate in the IPP’s curriculum and the GGK/GCSC study programme which consists of a wide range of courses tailored to suit your needs, including graduate colloquia, workshops, Master Classes with top ranking international scholars as well as courses offered by the GGK/GCSC Career Service and the GCSC Teaching Centre;
  • apply for travel grants for research and conference trips;
  • receive support and guidance in all matters relating to the PhD throughout your membership;
  • receive individual fellowship advice including feedback on drafts of your fellowship proposal and identification of appropriate fellowship opportunities;
  • benefit from excellent opportunities to gain conference, publishing and teaching experience;
  • pursue independent research in the GGK junior research and working groups;
  • rely on expert scholarship advice, helping you to secure funding for your postgraduate studies.


Applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

Applicants need to hold a university degree in literary or cultural studies with a G.P.A. well above average (international degrees must be equivalent to German 'Diplom', 'Magister', 'Master' or 'Erstes Staatsexamen' degrees).

Any postgraduate researcher in the faculty of Language, Literature and Culture may apply for membership in the IPP as long as their research project is relevant to the IPP profile and as long as they have not entered postgraduate studies more than one year prior to their application (exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis).

The faculty accommodates the departments of English and American Studies, German Studies, Romance Studies, Slavic Studies, Comparative Literary Studies and Theatre Studies. If your main subject does not appear on this list please contact .

Admission is granted according to the academic record of the candidate as well as the academic quality of their dissertation project and its compatibility with the IPP research profile. Furthermore, applicants must document proficiency in either German or English. Find more information on this requirement here.

Members will be expected to have their first supervisor at Justus Liebig University. Usually, the supervisor is chosen shortly before or after admission.

Members will also need to register as postgraduate researchers at Justus Liebig University. Please note that, apart from an enrolment fee of approximately €270 per semester, there are no tuition fees at the JLU.

The enrolment fee contains a number of benefits such as free public transportation within the region.

How to apply

Learn more about the application process and current deadlines.