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PhD Scholarships in Cultural Studies

Call for Applications

Type: PhD Scholarships in Cultural Studies
Institution: International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
(GCSC), Justus Liebig University
Location: Gießen (Germany)
Date: from October 2019
Deadline: 1.2.2019

The GCSC invites applications for one of the up to 8 PhD scholarships
in cultural studies available.

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 wide-ranging 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
- 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.

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
PhD students 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 careers.

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

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, 2019. All applications have
to be submitted online – please register at: (as of 1st December)

Please find all information about the two-stage application procedure
on our website at:

If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact
us at On January 16, 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, 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 and


International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
Justus Liebig University
Alter Steinbacher Weg 38
35394 Gießen
Phone: +49 641 99 30041