13 PhD Scholarships for Cultural Studies at Giessen University

Deadline: 1 February 2015
Open to: graduate students who have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours M.A. degree in one of the GCSC’s academic subjects or in the arts/humanities, cultural studies or the social sciences
Scholarship: €1,468 monthly stipend


Giessen University’s International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), co-funded by the German federal government’s Excellence Initiative, offers a three-year, structured PhD-programme in the study of culture. With its excellent research environment, a doctoral programme which is tailored to the needs of PhD students and the intensive personal support it provides, the Graduate Centre offers doctoral researchers optimum conditions for their PhD-projects and custom-made preparation for the time thereafter, both with regard to academic and non-academic careers.

The GCSC invites applications for one of the up to 13 PhD scholarships available, which are funded by the Excellence Initiative as well as Justus Liebig University Giessen. The PhD scholarship period starts on October  2015.


The GCSC encourages applications from graduate students who have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours M.A. degree (or the equivalent) in one of the GCSC’s academic subjects or in the arts/humanities, cultural studies or the social sciences. The GCSC’s working languages are German and English, and applicants must be fluent in at least one of them; knowledge of both is an advantage and should be acquired during the scholarship period.


The PhD scholarship includes a monthly stipend of approximately €1,468 (plus family allowances when applicable). Scholarships are offered for one year with the possibility of two extensions, each of one year. The GCSC supports young researchers with families: appointees with children under the age of twelve are eligible for renewals of up to four years.


In order to apply you must  fill in and submit the online application form and  upload the following documents:

  • A CV;
  • A 1-2 page cover letter, explaining your motives for applying at the GCSC;
  • A short abstract of your research project (approx. 500 words), including the title of your project and a brief outline of the methodology you will use.

In addition two letters of recommendation provided by university professors are required. References should be posted to the following address:
Director Prof. Dr. Ansgar Nünning
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
Alter Steinbacher Weg 38
35394 Giessen

The application deadline is 1 February 2015.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact: gcsc-application@uni-giessen.de. 

For further information please visit the official website.

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