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WHAT

Call for Applications: DAAD Scholarships for International PhD Students at the Graduate School Practices of Literature, WWU Münster, Germany.

WHEN / WHERE

Start date: October 1, 2020

Deadline: December 31, 2019

TOPICS

The Graduate School Practices of Literature (GSPoL) of the University of Münster, Germany, invites international students in literary studies to apply for one of two PhD scholarships starting October 1, 2020. The three-year scholarships are part of the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) funded by the German Academic Exchange Service / Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

Graduate schools and structured doctoral training have been widely adopted by institutions across Europe to enhance students’ networking skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, and employability in or outside academia. High-quality standards regarding the selection and hosting of doctoral students, as well as an international research environment, create an ideal setting particularly for international candidates. At the GSPoL, students benefit from interdisciplinary supervision and exchange and have the opportunity to prepare for careers in academic and non-academic contexts.

 

Areas of study: English/American Studies, Arabic/Islamic Studies, Baltic Studies, Book Studies, German Studies, Comparative Studies, Latin Philology/Studies, (Neo‑)Medieval Latin Studies, Dutch Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Romance Studies (main areas: French, Spanish and Italian Literature), Sinology, and Slavic Studies.

The program comprises three main research areas:

1. Literature, Culture and Society

(relationship between literature, culture and society; social theories; cultural theories; cultural turn and/in literary studies)

2. Theories of Literature and Culture

(science studies; history, theory and methodology in literary/cultural studies)

 

3. Literary/Cultural Studies and the Professional World

(professional sectors that require expertise in literary/cultural studies; the literary marketplace; transferable skills)

 

Curriculum: lecture series and workshops, colloquia, research groups, and mandatory electives such as internships, academic teaching, etc.

Supervision: Each doctoral candidate will have an individual interdisciplinary support group consisting of three supervisors. A written mentoring agreement and an individual timeline will be established and signed by the PhD candidate and their supervisors.

 

 

Application Guidelines

Each DAAD scholarship in this programme comprises funding for three years. The application deadline for the winter term 2020/2021 is December 31, 2019. Applications may be submitted in German or English.

 

Requirements

  • master’s degree (generally in literary studies with a minimum grade of 2.0) according to § 5 (1) of the GSPoL study regulations
  • German, English and, possibly, additional foreign language skills according to § 5 (2) of the GSPoL study regulations (the DAAD programme may include a preparatory German language course for applicants who need to enhance their German skills)
  • applicants must have received their master’s degree (i.e. taken their last final exam) no more than six years prior to the time when the DAAD receives the nomination letter
  • applicants should not have resided in Germany for more than fifteen months prior to the nomination to the DAAD

 

The application for a scholarship follows a three-step process:

Step 1: Application to the GSPoL (via email as a single PDF file) consisting of:

  • letter of motivation stating the reasons for the application to the GSPoL
  • curriculum vitae (without photograph)
  • proof that the applicant has completed a GSPoL-related master’s degree (generally in literary studies with a minimum grade of 2.0) according to § 5 (1) of the GSPoL study regulations
  • proof of German, English and, possibly, additional foreign language skills according to § 5 (2) of the GSPoL study regulations
  • brief (approx. half-page) abstract of the PhD project
  • project proposal of about 10 pages in length, which discusses the research aims and methodology as well as the contents, originality and significance of the project
  • timeline, including optional stays/studies abroad of up to nine months in total (i.e., 25 percent of the duration of the scholarship), which may not be scheduled at the beginning of the programme
  • two letters of reference; please use the official DAAD form:
    https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/recommendation.pdf or https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/recommendation.doc

Step 2: personal interview at the GSPoL

 

Step 3: nomination to the DAAD and standard application procedure at and final decision by the DAAD (online application with supporting documentation via the DAAD portal)

 

APPLICATION

 

Please send your application (via email as a single PDF file) and any questions you may have to:

Graduate School Practices of Literature
WWU Münster, Fachbereich 09 (Philologie)
Dr. Anna Thiemann
c/o Germanistisches Institut
Schlossplatz 34
48143 Münster

Phone +49 251 83 – 24439

thiemann.gspol@uni-muenster.de

 

Please refer to our website for updates and further information: go.wwu.de/gssp

Contact Info:

Graduate School Practices of Literature
WWU Münster, Fachbereich 09 (Philologie)
Dr. Anna Thiemann
c/o Germanistisches Institut
Schlossplatz 34
48143 Münster
Germany

Phone +49 251 83 – 24439

thiemann.gspol@uni-muenster.de

go.wwu.de/gssp


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