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Doctoral Programme

Doctoral Scholarships

Doctoral students looking for an excellent research environment will find optimal PhD conditions and comprehensive support at the GCSC. They are accompanied by a primary supervisor at JLU. The second supervisor can also be an external (international) professor.
The GCSC particularly welcomes applications from students who:


  • graduated with excellent marks from two-year research-track master’s programmes in the humanities or social sciences, and;
  • propose a research project of outstanding academic quality which contributes substantially to one or more of our research areas.


Scholarship holders and members are required to participate in the study and course programme as well as in the wide range of other events offered by the GCSC. Scholarship holders are also expected to initiate, coordinate and document cooperative research projects (such as conferences and publications).

Enrolment at the Justus Liebig University is compulsory for all doctoral students; there are no tuition fees at the University of Giessen, only a semester fee of currently around €300.00 per semester. Furthermore, scholarship holders and members are expected to have their main residence in Gießen or the immediate surroundings. 

The scholarship announcement is made annually in November; the funding period always begins with the following winter semester (starting October).


The application procedure is carried out with the help of the CampusCore application platform and comprises two stages. After reviewing all complete applications, the selection committee invites the most promising applicants to a 30-minute interview. On this basis, a decision is made on the awarding of the scholarships and memberships.


Scholarship Advice


Beyond the directly awarded scholarships, the GCSC also offers its doctoral students professional scholarship advice to help you find funding opportunities for your doctoral project.

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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. Furthermore, GCSC's doctoral students are eligible to apply for funding towards research and conference trips, and benefit from our Career Service and Teaching Centre.

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