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PhD-scholarship (f/m) - International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
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, a doctoral programme which is tailored to the needs of PhDstudents
and the intensive personal 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 invites applications for one of the up to
The PhD-scholarship period starts on October 1, 2019 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.
Acceptance of a scholarship requires participation in the study programme and wideranging
events offered by the GCSC, as well as active involvement in at least one
Research Area and one other GCSC/GGK research group. 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. All scholarship holders are expected to assume residency
in or near Giessen.
The GCSC expects scholarship holders to:
Pursue a dissertation project that contributes to the GCSC's research profile* and
can be supervised at the Justus Liebig University,
Actively participate in one of the GCSC's research areas* by initiating, coordinating
and documenting collaborative research projects, such as conferences or publications,
Participate in the GCSC's curriculum.
The GCSC offers a research-intensive environment and comprehensive, multi-tier supervision
at all stages of a dissertation project via, e.g. interdisciplinary research colloquia
and professional support in preparing academic papers and conferences. The GCSC
Teaching Centre offers systematic qualification in higher education teaching; opportunities
to teach at the BA level are available.
Eligibility: We invite applications from students who graduated 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 no longer than two
years ago as well as from students who expect to obtain a first or upper second class
honours M.A. degree (or the equivalent).
The GCSC encourages 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 advantage.
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 five 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 1st, 2019. All applications have to be submitted
online – please register at https://gcsc.campuscore.eu (as of December 1st).
Please find all information about the two-stage application procedure on our website
If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. On January 16th, 2019, the GCSC will host an Information
Day at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus Liebig
University Giessen, Alter Steinbacher Weg 38, D-35394 Giessen. The Information Day
gives potential applicants the opportunity to meet the faculty and students involved in
the doctoral programme. You will also have a chance to obtain more information on
the research areas and academic objectives 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. To register for the Information Day, please
visit our website (starting December 1st).
*) For further information see http://gcsc.uni-giessen.de and http://gcsc.uni-giessen.de/research-education