DAAD grants for international Germanists

The DAAD grants we offer are part of the DAAD’s Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP). They are directed at international students of German literature and culture ("Germanisten/Germanistinnen"), who plan on a dissertation in literary studies, do not have a German passport and either currently live outside of Germany, or arrived in Germany no earlier than 2018. 

After having undergone the selection process, candidates will also have to sub-mit their applications through the DAAD portal; the final decision lies with the funding agency.

International applicants for a DAAD grant (in German Studies) for the structured doctoral studies program “Literary Studies“ should:

  • have a master’s degree, a "Staatsexamen" or equivalent degree in German Studiesat an institution of higher education (the degree may not be from before April 2013);
  • reside outside of Germany or have moved to Germany in 2018;
  • have very good knowledge of German and English;
  • provide an exposé that demonstrates the dissertation project to be innovative, independent and theoretically valid;
  • have a suitable first advisor from the ranks of our PI list;
  • have chosen a structured doctoral studies program deliberately and reasonably.
The DAAD grant begins October 01, 2019.
Deadline for 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 DAAD grant for international students of German literature and culture:

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

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

  • a summary of the dissertation project (max. 1 page)
  • an exposé showing that the dissertation is an innovative, independent and theoretically valid research project (ca. ten pages in German or English);
  • a work schedule and time schedule for three years;
  • a work sample (no longer than 15-20 pages);
  • a CV (no photo or information on the applicant’s age required);
  • a personal stament 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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