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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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FAQ Application

The GRK 2638 was specifically designed to foster a bilingual research environment. German and English will be treated as equal languages for the purposes of academic exchange.

Thus, all applicants must be able to understand both English and German at least passively at an academic level. In addition, they must also be able to actively participate in the discussions of the GRK 2638 in one of the two languages.

All certificates that prove that the applicant speaks German at a level of at least B1 will be accepted. This includes certificates issued directly by a university and qualifications obtained at German-speaking schools. A study visit to Germany is sufficient if it included an examination.

COVID-19: If the pandemic situation does not allow you to complete your examination soon, please outline in your application when you think you will be able to submit the language certificate.

When applying for a doctoral position, proof must be provided that the MA degree will be finished by October 1, 2021. When applying for a post-doc position, the same holds for the applicant’s doctoral status. If the relevant qualification has not yet been obtained, applicants should provide a precise schedule showing when the qualification will be completed. All applicants should be aware that the review of applications requires that they submit a systematically well-thought-out research project.

In principle, applicants should evidence that they will be able to write their doctoral thesis within the period of three years. Therefore, they should submit a clearly structured schedule that identifies the steps on the path to completion. In order to be able to write the doctoral thesis within three years, the project must already be coherently outlined and systematically thought out.

No. We will organize a guest program for collaboration on joint workshops, talks, and conferences.