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Tips for the online portal

The application deadline for the 2024 FSGS and EXC Temporal Communities call has passed. The 2025 call will be published in the fall of 2024.

Tips for your successful application:

  • First of all, please register at the online portal of Dahlem Research School. Choose the format you want to apply for; if you want to apply for several positions, you will have to create separate applications, because they will be evaluated in different processes. After the successful registration, an option called “My Progress” will appear at the top left corner of the form under “OpenCampus Menu”. Clicking it will open your application. You can view your application at any time and save your edits before submitting it.

  • You only need one account, even if you want to apply for several positions. If you are applying for several positions, you must create separate applications within your account by clicking on the “Apply for FSGS” or “Apply for EXC 2020/FSGS” buttons. You can send a maximum of one application for each application format, i.e. four for the FSGS (Promotionsplatz, Projektstipendium, DAAD-Stipendium, Einstein fellowship) and two for the EXC 2020/FSGS (doctorate in the context of a project and doctorate with your own project). Please note that you create a new application with each click. The applications cannot be deleted afterwards.

  • Please fill out the personal information page first. It is part of the applicant’s file and not identical to the registration. The other pages can only be edited once this page is fully completed.
    FSGS: Here you have to indicate the type of program you are applying for (DAAD, project scholarship, doctoral program, Einstein fellowship).
    EXC TC: Here you have to indicate whether you want to apply with your own doctoral project in one of the research areas (1–5) or for a doctorate in the context of a cluster project. 

  • Please choose your first supervisor from the circle of Principle Investigators (PIs) at Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School or the Cluster of Excellence 2020 “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective”. This choice is not final and you can also indicate your preferred supervisor on your application. You don’t need a confirmation from the supervisor at this point.

  • To apply for project scholarships, DAAD grants, Einstein fellowships and positions at the Cluster of Excellence 2020 “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective”, you must provide two letters of recommendation. Reviewers can be professors or academic staff who know you and your academic work well. There is no formal specification for the recommendation letter. The reviewers will receive an email with information on how to upload the letter of recommendation as soon as you have sent the application. Ideally, you’d get in touch with your reviewers in advance, so that they are aware of the upcoming system-generated email. Letters of recommendation can be uploaded within seven days after the application deadline. Please communicate this date to the people you are asking for a letter of recommendation well in advance. If your reviewers should have any problems with this procedure, they may send their signed recommendation letter via email as a PDF.

  • The advisor teams in a structured doctoral studies program can consist of up to three members. Apart from the first supervisor, one certified professor may be assigned who is not member of the FSGS / the EXC TC. 

  • Please do not upload any seminar papers as work samples. An excerpt from your thesis or from a publication is required.

  • If you have received your university degree at a foreign university we will check through ANABIN whether your university is approved in Germany.

  • If you don’t have your university degree certificate at the time of your application, you can still apply if you can submit the certificate no later than four weeks prior to the start of the position or scholarship. In the this case, please upload other significant documents regarding your certificate (transcripts, evaluation of your professors, etc.).

  • Language certificates may be handed in later. Please include an explanation regarding existing and pending certificates with your application as well as a date by which you expect to had in the certificates. Sufficient basic knowledge, however, is required.

  • Your application is submitted only after you have clicked the “save and submit” button. You will then receive a confirmation email. Please note that the “save and submit” button will disappear after the application deadline has ended. You will still see your details and the uploaded documents, but you won't be able to submit your application after the deadline has ended. Only the confirmation of receipt sent by email indicates that you have successfully submitted the application.
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