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Application documents

1. Necessary documents to apply for a project scholarship:

 The Online application platform will be opened as soon as the call for applications has been published in autumn. Please prepare the following documents 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, please do not submit term papers );
  • 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 and English (one language at least at level C1, the other at least at level B2), unless these languages are your native languages.
  • contact details of two experts in the field (generally university faculty) who are willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. The letter of recommendation is uploaded directly by the reviewers to the application platform. The persons you specify will receive an automated email from the system. Please explain the procedure to them when you contact them in advance of your application and ask for the letter of recommendation.


2. Necessary documents to apply for a Ph.D. position:

The Online application platform will be opened as soon as the call for applications has been published in autumn. Please prepare the following documents as PDFs:

  • 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 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 and English (one language at least at level C1, the other at least at level B2), unless these languages are your native languages.
  • letter of recommendation by the first supervisor that supports the application at FSGS.
  • proof of external funding (e.g. research assistant position, funding through a foundation) or proof of a submitted application to external sponsors (e.g. confirmation of having received the application).

3. Necessary documents to apply for a DAAD grant for international students of German literature and culture:

The Online application platform will be opened as soon as the call for applications has been published in autumn. Please prepare the following documents 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 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 and English (one language at least at level C1, the other at least at level B2), unless these languages are your native languages.
  • contact details of two experts in the field (generally university faculty) who are willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. The letter of recommendation is uploaded directly by the reviewers to the application platform. The persons you specify will receive an automated email from the system. Please explain the procedure to them when you contact them in advance of your application and ask for the letter of recommendation.

4. Necessary documents to apply for a 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)

The Online application platform will be opened as soon as the call for applications has been published in autumn. Please prepare the following documents as PDFs when applying for a PhD with your own project in the context of an EXC TC research area or for a PhD in the context of an EXC TC project:

  • A writing sample (max. 15-20 pages: a recent academic paper, e.g. a published article or a chapter from your master’s thesis; no term papers, please);
  • A list of publications (if relevant; having published is not a requirement for the application);
  • Curriculum Vitae (in German or English, max. 4 pages, photo and information about your age are not mandatory);
  • A letter of motivation which presents your academic and professional background, outlines why you are interested in joining EXC 2020 / FSGS and what your qualifications are (with regard to preliminary work, methodology etc.).
  • Copies of certificates: university entrance qualification, university degrees;
  • language certificates for German and English (one language at least at level C1, the other at least at level B2), unless these languages are your native languages.
  • contact details of two experts in the field (generally university faculty) who are willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. The letter of recommendation is uploaded directly by the reviewers to the application platform. The persons you specify will receive an automated email from the system. Please explain the procedure to them when you contact them in advance of your application and ask for the letter of recommendation.
Additionally: The following documents are only required from applicants who are applying for a PhD with their own research project in the context of one of the EXC TC Research Areas (NOT when applying in the context of a project of the EXC TC):
  • 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). Please also highlight how the project relates to the Research Area (1-4) of your choice.
  • Work plan and timetable for three years.

The application deadline ends on 15 November 2020 at 23:59 CET.
Applications must be submitted electronically. An application submitted outside of the application periods will not be considered.
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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