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PhD scholarships from the DAAD "Graduate School Scholarship Programme" (GSSP)
Giessen University’s International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture(GCSC) offers a three-year, structured PhD-programme in the study of culture, tailored to the needs of PhD students with optimal conditions and a custom-made preparation for the time thereafter. We encourage cooperation across status groups in interdisciplinary research areas and support the organisation of our own conferences and first publications already during the doctorate. Our doctoral students receive intensive supervision in regular research colloquia and financial support for research and conference travel. At the Teaching Centre, they can gain qualifications in higher education didactics and initial experience in university teaching; the GCSC's own Career Service prepares them for both academic and non-academic careers.
As of 1 October 2024, the GCSC grants for up to three years:
up to 6 PhD scholarships
up to 20 memberships
up to 2 PhD scholarships from the DAAD ‘Graduate School Scholarship Programme’ (GSSP)
The GCSC expects members and scholarship holders to:
become actively involved in at least one research area
participate with commitment in the GCSC’s curriculum
assume residency in or near Giessen.
Eligibility – GCSC scholarships:
Graduation with excellent marks in the field of humanities, social and cultural sciences
Applications from students who expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours M.A. degree (or the equivalent) are welcome as well.
An excellent dissertation project that contributes to the GCSC’s research profile* and can be supervised at the Justus Liebig University.
An international research perspective, i.e. international study experience, is an advantage
Applicants must not have completed a PhD previously
(business) fluent knowledge of at least one of the GCSC’s working languages (German, English); German language skills up to level B1 must be acquired in the course of the PhD studies
Additional requirements – GSSP scholarships:
Applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the time of nomination (except in justified cases)
Applicants must not have been resident in Germany for more than the last 15 months prior to the nomination.
Citizenship of or permanent residence in one of the countries listed by the DAAD
We particularly invite projects that deepen the GCSC research profile towards a "transnational study of culture" and deal with perspectives, epistemologies, bodies of knowledge, social practices, etc. outside of European modernity or that decentre, decolonise or critically expand Western-influenced concepts and theories.