Application documents

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.

1. Necessary documents to apply for a project scholarship:

Online application platform opens in November 2019. Please have the following documents available 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);
  • 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 (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.

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

Online application platform opens in November 2019. Please have the following documents available 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 (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.
  • 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:

Online application platform opens in November 2019. Please 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 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 (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.

    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)

    Online application platform opens in November 2019. Please have the following documents available as PDFs:

    • 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 B2 GER (TestDaF: TDN 3 in all four components of testing; Goethe-Zertifikat B2 DSD I: Deutsches Sprachdiplom I der Kultusministerkonferenz; TELC German B2 – University) or German C1 GER (DSH 2: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang; ZOP; TestDaF: TDN 4 in all four components of testing; Goethe-Zertifikat C1 or C2; DSD II: Deutsches Sprachdiplom II der Kultusministerkonferenz; TELC German C1 – University; degree from a German language program at a German language university; university entrance diploma equivalent to German university entrance requirements) if German is not your native language;

    • Language certificates for English B2 GER (IELTS 5.0; TOEFL: Paper 500, Computer 170 or Online 80; Cambridge Examinations: First Certificate (FCE), Advanced (CAE), Proficiency (CPE); TELC English B2 – University; 7 years of English in German schools) or English C1 GER (IELTS 6.5; Cambridge Examinations: Advanced (CAE), Proficiency (CPE); TOEFL: Paper 585, Computer 240 or Online 95; TELC English C1 – University; degree from an English language program at an English language university) if English is not your native language.

    The following documents are only required from applicants who propose their own PhD research project in the context of one of the EXC TC Research Areas:
    • 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.

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