Project grants at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School

The Einstein Foundation’s Award for Doctoral Programmes allows the FSGS to offer project scholarships supporting junior researchers in developing their dissertation project and applying for external dissertation funding.

Project scholars receive a 9-month scholarship of EUR 1103 per month. Aside from the financial support that allows for residence in Berlin and focusing on the project development, the grantees are mentored by a team of supervisors. Our workshop series designed specifically for grantees of the project scholarship offers precise information on funding opportunities in Germany, coaching and presentation training as well as forums to critically discuss exposés in the various stages of their development.

Who may apply: junior researchers who have completed a master’s degree by the beginning of the scholarship in June of 2019, and who plan a comparative dissertation in literary studies. Please note that the requirements to apply are the same as for our doctoral positions: knowledge of German and English level C1/B2.

Project scholars who can successfully secure external dissertation funding receive a Ph.D. position at the Graduate School. This allows the scholars to take part in the doctoral studies’ structured curriculum, includes a travel budget, and facilitates financing requests of FSGS funds for events.


International students are specifically encouraged to apply.


Applicants for a project scholarship should:

  • be at the end of their master’s studies or at the beginning of their dissertation project in literary studies;
  • have an innovative and independent idea for an exposé;
  • be prepared to continue working on this idea and to develop a theoretically valid research project;
  • find a suitable first supervisor from the ranks of our PI list;
  • aspire getting their Ph.D. at the FU Berlin;
  • work on an application for external funding (grants / research assistant position);
  • have very good knowledge of both German and English.

At the time of their application, applicants for a project scholarship do not have to be a registered student at the FU Berlin.

The project scholarship begins in June 2019.
Deadline for the application is December 16, 2018 at 08:00 PM CET.
The platform to apply will be enabled on November 05, 2018.

Necessary documents to apply for a project scholarship:

Applications must be submitted electronically. An application submitted outside of the application periods will not be considered.

Online application platform opens November 05, 2018. Please have the following documents available as PDFs:

  • an exposé presenting the idea for the dissertation project (three to five pages in German or English);
  • work sample (e.g. from the bachelor’s or master’s thesis, but no longer than 15-20 pages);
  • a CV (no photo or information on the applicant’s age required);
  • a personal statement that describes why you are applying at the FSGS and what you want to contribute to the success of the school (in German or English, 2-3 pages);
  • copies of certificates: university entrance qualification; university degrees;
  • language certificates for German (C1 / DSH 2 / ZOP / TestDaF 4 / DSD II) and English (B2 / IELTS 5.0 / TOEFL 500-170-80 / Cambridge Examination CEA / 7 years of English in German schools) unless these languages are your native languages.
  • two letters of recommendation by experts in the field (generally university faculty) to be uploaded separately.

Incomplete applications may not be submitted. All entries to the online portal will be saved automatically and can be edited after login until the application is ready to be submitted.

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