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Funding Opportunities

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

1. Project grants at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School

The FSGS Project Scholarship supports junior researchers to develop their doctoral project and to prepare an application for an external scholarship.

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 (at the interview the registration must be available) and are planning to do a PhD in Comparative Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin with a supervisor from the list of FSGS-PI. 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 PhD 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.


2. PhD positions at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School

PhD students with their own funding (scholarship from foundations or a position as a research assistant) can apply for positions at the Graduate School. The positions are for the duration of three to four years, include a travel budget of EUR 3000, and facilitate financing requests to the board to fund own events. Further, our scholars are members of our Graduate School’s extraordinary network, take part in our colloquia and events, and keep regular contact with their advisors who are all part of the circle of Principal Investigators (PI) at the FSGS.


3. 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 ("Germanist*innen"), 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 the year of the planned start of the scholarship. 

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


4. Positions as research associates at the Cluster of Excellence "Temporal Communities" (EXC 2020) in combination with a PhD program at a Graduate School at Freie Universität Berlin (FSGS or GSNAS)

The Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities" offers positions for research associates who pursue a PhD. Prospective candidates are invited to apply via the application platform of the Dahlem Research School. Successful applicants will have a dual affiliation as research associates at the Cluster of Excellence "Temporal Communities" and as doctoral candidates at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (FSGS). If suitable, an affiliation with the Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS) is possible as well.


Call for ApplicationsApplication Requirements and Required Documents

Application Process

Information for applicants: After reviewing the applications received, you will receive response in case your application cannot be considered for formal reasons. All formally approved applications will go through an internal review process. The selection committee uses internal votes to select applicants who will be invited to the selection interviews.

During the interviews, each applicant has 5-10 minutes to give a verbal presentation of their project, followed by a 10-15-minute discussion. The prospective supervisors selected in the application are invited to this interview. You do not have to bring your application documents with you. Shortly after the selection interviews you will receive an acceptance or rejection.

The application deadline ends on 15 November 2020 at 23:59 CET.
The positions as research associates start in October.
The project scholarships begin in June.
The doctoral studies for those who have received a position start in October.
The DAAD grants begin in October.
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