6 scholarships and additional up to 20 memberships
Giessen University’s International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture(GCSC),
co-funded from 2006-2019 by the German federal government’s Excellence Initiative,
offers a three-year, structured PhD-programme in the study of culture. With its excellent
research environment, adoctoral programme which is tailored to the needs of PhD
students and the intensivepersonal support it provides, the Graduate Centre offers
doctoral researchers optimum conditions for their PhD-projects and custom-made
preparation for the time thereafter, both with regard to academic and non-academic
The GCSC grants up to
and additional up to
to new members.
Applications must be submitted online no later than February 1, 2021
The PhD scholarship period begins on October 1, 2021 and includes a monthly
stipend of approximately € 1,468 (plus family allowances when applicable).
Scholarships are offered for one year with the possibility of two extensions, each of
one year. The GCSC supports young researchers with families: appointees with
children under the age of twelve are eligible for renewals of up to four years.
The GCSC expects scholarship holders to:
become actively involved in at least one research area* and one other GCSC/GGK
research group (e.g. emerging topics research groups) by initiating, coordinating and
documenting collaborative research projects, such as conferences or publications,
participate with commitment in the GCSC’s curriculum
assume residency in or near Giessen.
We strongly recommend that applicants search and apply for alternative funding
options parallel to their applications to the GCSC. International applicants can, for
instance, consider applying for a Research Grant for Doctoral Studies in Germany
sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD (German Academic
Exchange Service) or comparable funding institutions from their home countries.
All of the GCSC's doctoral students are eligible to apply for funding towards research
and conference trips, and they benefit from our Career Service andTeaching Centre.
Doctoral members of the GCSC must register as PhD students at the Justus Liebig
University. There are no tuition fees for doctoral students at the JLU, except for an
enrolment fee of approximately € 300 per semester.
Graduation with excellent marks (from two-year research-track master’s programmes)
in one of the GCSC’s academic subjects* or the arts/humanities, cultural studies
or social sciences in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies with honors.
The last academic degree should not have been obtained more than two years ago.
Applications from students who expect to obtain a first or upper second class
honours M.A. degree (or the equivalent) are welcome as well.
A dissertation project that contributes to the GCSC’s research profile* and can be
supervised at the Justus Liebig University.
Applications which make a significant contribution to the study of culture in various
historical contexts, including contemporary phenomena.
An international research perspective, i.e. international study experience, is an
The GCSC’s working languages are German and English, and applicants must
be fluent in at least one of them; knowledge of both is an advantage and should be
acquired during the scholarship period.
*The GCSC focuses its research within the following Research Areas: Research Area
1: Cultural Memory Studies | Research Area 2: Cultural Narratologies | Research
Area 3: Cultural Transformation and Performativity Studies | Research Area 4: Visual
and Material Culture Studies | Research Area 5: Media and Multiliteracy Studies |
Research Area 6: Cultural Identities | Research Area 7: Global Studies and Politics of
Space | Research Area 8: Cultures of Knowledge, Research and Education.
In addition, the GCSC has established research groups organized around "emerging
topics" that are expected to contribute to the research profile by establishing and
strengthening links to neighbouring disciplines as well as to emerging topics in contemporary
public discourse. Thus far, Emerging Topic Groups have been established
on "Ecology", "Migration", "Religion" and "Life Sciences”.
Application procedure and deadline:
The main selection criteria are the candidates’ academic qualifications, the academic
quality of the research proposal and the suitability of the project for the GCSC’s
research programme. Short-listed candidates will be invited to a 30-minute interview.
The application deadline is February 1, 2021. All applications have to be submitted
online – please register athttps://gcsc.campuscore.eu (as of 1st December). Please
find all information about the two-stage application procedure on our website athttp://gcsc.uni-giessen.de/application.
If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact us at:
In January 2021, the GCSC will host a digital Information Day, where potential applicants
have a chance to obtain more information on the research profile of the GCSC; the wide
range of interdisciplinary courses, colloquia and conferences; the research support on
offer; international networks and partner institutions; as well as publishing and additional
funding opportunities available to GCSC members. Further information and date will be
posted on our homepage in due course.
*) For further information see http://gcsc.uni-giessen.deandhttp://gcsc.uni-giessen.de/research-education