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Becoming part of the GRK 2638

Below we have provided some initial information regarding the application process as this site is still under construction.

We will issue a call for applications in April 2021. A bilingual kick-off event will take place in March, when the principal investigators will present the research agenda of the Research Training Group “Normativity, Critique, Change” in more detail and will answer questions about potential doctoral and postdoc projects.

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https://lists.fu-berlin.de/listinfo/GRK2638/

Applicants are asked to apply by proposing a research project which matches the thematic scope of the GRK. Significant and successful applications may be written in either English or German and should outline the theoretical approach, the interdisciplinary compatibility and the feasibility of the project. Post-Docs applications should not only demonstrate the interdisciplinary compatibility of the project but also its intrinsic interdisciplinary character.

You will need to provide the following:

  1. Evidence that you have obtained a degree in one of the disciplines included in the GRK: BA and MA Certificate (or equivalent) entailing a Transcript of Records. Postdoctoral applicants should also submit their doctoral degree certificate (or equivalent). 
  2. CV
  3. A statement of motivation which describes on how you plan to contribute to the GRK and how your proposed project will fit into the group’s research agenda and into its areas of investigation. Please, name the first and potentially the second supervisor. The statement should not exceed 3 pages.
  4. A thesis proposal including a project timetable of maximum 10 pages, including a bibliography, which does not add up to the total number of pages of the thesis proposal.
  5. One confidential reference from a university lecturer which details your academic ability and your academic potential. Confidentiality requires the reviewer to upload the document onto the web platform.
  6. PhD applicants please hand in one sample of their work, such as a chapter of their MA thesis, a paper (published or a forthcoming publication), a work-in-progress chapter of their dissertation. The sample should not be more than 25 pages long. Post-Doc applicants please hand in their entire dissertation.
  7. Applicants from universities outside of Germany must provide a proof of German language proficiency which is equivalent to DSH 1/TestDaF 3.

The documents need to be uploaded on a web portal which is run by the Dahlem Research School. This web portal will be accessible right after the kick-off event in March.

The selection of candidates follows a two staged protocol. Significant applications will be internally reviewed by one PI of the discipline of the applicant and by one PI external to the discipline in order to review the interdisciplinary compatibility or character of the project. Applicants who did their prior qualification with one of the PIs of the GRK will be reviewed by another PI. Based upon the written reviews the selection committee will invite candidates for a video interview by the end of June. The interviews will be held online in order to ensure an equal selection process for local, national, and international applicants. The interviews will then take place by mid-July. The candidates are ranked by the selection committee according to the reviews and the impressions gained in the interviews. The selected candidates will be informed by the end of July at the latest and should take up work on October 1st.

The selection of candidates follows a two staged protocol. Significant applications will be internally reviewed by one PI of the discipline of the applicant and by one PI external to the discipline in order to review the interdisciplinary compatibility or character of the project. The projects of applicants who did their prior qualification with one of the GRK's PI will be reviewed by one of the other PIs. Based upon the written reviews of the applications the selection committee will invite by the end of June promising candidates for a video interview. The interview will be done online in order to guarantee equal chances for local, national, and international applicants. Interviews will take place in the middle of July. Based upon the reviews and upon the impression gained through the interviews, the committee will rank the applicants. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of July to take up the staff positions by the first of October.

The Agreement on Doctorate Supervision ("Betreuungsvereinbarung") will be granted by accepting the applicant to the GRK. It is not necessary to have the Agreement on the Supervision by the PI at hand to start the application. Docs will be enrolled at the university of their primary supervisor.