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Application requirements

The application period for autumn 2021 has already passed. The next call for applications will be published in September 2021.

1. Applicants for a project scholarship must:

  • be at the end of their master’s studies or at the beginning of their dissertation project in literary studies (the MA thesis must already be registered at the interview and must be submitted before 1 June);
  • 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 PhD at the FU Berlin / FSGS;
  • work on an application for external funding (grants / research assistant position);
  • have very good knowledge of both German and English.

At the time of application, applicants for a project scholarship do not have to be enrolled at the FU Berlin. However, enrollment is mandatory for the start of the scholarship in June.


2. Applicants for a PhD position in the structured doctoral studies program “Literary Studies“ should have secured funding for the duration of their dissertation (external funding / research assistant position) or be prepared to secure such funding. The following requirements apply:

  • a master’s degree in literary studies at an institution of higher education;
  • having secured funding for the duration of the dissertation (external funding / position as research assistant) or be prepared to secure such funding;
  • good knowledge of German and English;
  • ongoing plans to submit or already submitted applications for external scholarships / positions as research assistant
  • an exposé that demonstrates the dissertation project to be innovative, independent and theoretically valid;
  • having a suitable first supervisor from the ranks of our PI list;
  • have chosen a structured doctoral studies program deliberately and reasonably.

3. 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 Studies at an institution of higher education (the degree may not be more than 5 years old);
  • reside outside of Germany or have only moved to Germany in the year of their application;
  • have very good knowledge of German and English;
  • provide an exposé that demonstrates the dissertation project to be innovative, independent and theoretically valid;
  • find a suitable first advisor from the ranks of our PI list;
  • have chosen a structured doctoral studies program deliberately and reasonably.

4. Applicants for a position as a research associate at the Cluster of Excellence "Temporal Communities" in combination with a PhD program at a Graduate School at Freie Universität Berlin (FSGS or GSNAS) must:

  • hold a master’s degree from a program with a focus on literature, cultural studies or art history (diploma has to be submitted at the latest by September 1 of the funding year);
  • have very good knowledge of German and English;
  • in in case of an application with an individual project (within the context of one of the EXC TC Research Areas), provide an exposé which outlines the research project (abstract, hypothesis, state of existing research, theories and methods, preliminary work, bibliography) and that establishes the project as innovative, original, and theoretically sound (max. 10 pages, in German or English). The exposé should put special emphasis on demonstrating how the project will contribute to the Cluster's research agenda and how it fits with the chosen Research Area.
    In case of an application in the context of an EXC TC project, upload a short draft of a dissertation proposal that relates to the selected Cluster project in terms of methodology and content;
  • identify a suitable first supervisor from the ranks of Principal Investigators of the Cluster of Excellence Temporal Communities (contacting the potential supervisor in advance is not necessary);
  • be prepared to enter a structured PhD program and to participate in an extended interdisciplinary research project.

Please also familiarize yourself with the requirements for the field in which you wish to pursue your doctoral studies, which is generally the one in which your first supervisor at Freie Universität Berlin is active.

The PhD program begins on October 01.
The project scholarship begins on June 01.
The DAAD-GSSP scholarship begins on October 01.
You are welcome to contact our office if you have any further questions.

 

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