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The Study of Culture at the Centre

International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)

GCSC Gießen

The International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) is an interdisciplinary graduate centre at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen (JLU), which provides an optimal environment for doctoral students in the study of culture and promotes research excellence in eight well-defined research fields.


A doctorate at the centre

We are not a school, but a centre - with you and your work at its core. This is why the GGK/GCSC offers you an optimal combination of freedom, orientation and tailor-made support in all PhD-related matters.

A doctorate from a pioneering model

As the first German university with a comprehensive and integrative, structured doctoral program in the humanities and social sciences, the Justus-Liebig-University has been oriented towards meeting the wishes and needs of PhD candidates early on. The GCSC has been designated a pioneering model in numerous external evaluations and distinctions and continues to focus on innovation and excellence. Benefit from the experience of the original!

A doctorate with a system

At the GGK/GCSC, you receive practical help and targeted support for each doctoral phase - and beyond. From core courses to the preparation for the defense, from practical workshops to master classes with renowned international scholars: take advantage of our tailor-made, holistic and systematic supervision concept!

A doctorate within a cutting-edge research environment

Excellent research is not a question of status. That is why PhD candidates, postdocs and professors work at eye level within our centre's working groups. As an interdisciplinary centre, we rely on a pluralism of methods and theories instead of building "schools of thought". Together with the Centre for Eastern European Studies (GiZo), the Centre for Media and Interactivity (ZMI), the Herder-Institute in Marburg and the SRF/Transregio "Dynamics of Security", the GCSC and JLU offer a research-intensive environment for young scholars in the field of the study of culture. Justus Liebig knew it from the start: the best way to stimulate young researchers is to offer them the possibility to contribute to excellent research!

A doctorate with conference and publication experience

In Gießen, we support you in making your work visible early on. Conference experience and publications during the PhD phase are of great importance for a young scholar's qualifications and network. Workshops and coaching for academic writing and lectures are an integral part of this, as is the opportunity to publish your research in our book series and online publication platforms.

A doctorate linked with international networks

Successful research emerges from international dialogue: our graduate centre is an initiator and also an integral part of numerous trans-European and worldwide cooperation projects, from which you and your project can tangibly benefit. International summer schools, exchange programs and research stays, co-tutelle doctorates - the sky is the limit!

A doctorate with prospects

After obtaining a PhD at the GCSC, you have brilliant career prospects in and outside of academia. Career Services and our Teaching Centre offer comprehensive support, complemented by our alumni network as well as our program for combining career and family. Our successful alumni are proof: a doctorate at the GGK/GCSC is a doctorate with prospects!