Notes on applying for the Graduate School Practices of Literature

  • Requirements

    A qualifying degree at the level of Master/Magister/Staatsexamen (minimum grade: “gut”/B)
    in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree (minimum grade: “sehr gut”/A). Good German Language Skills.

  • Deadlines

    Applications are accepted both for winter and summer terms. The deadline for application for winter semester 2014/15 is the 31st of May 2014.

  • Deadlines for application for winter/summer semester

    > May 31st / November 30th: application
    > July / February: Personal interview

  • Format of the application

    Applications for the Graduate School must be submitted in written form (preferably in electronic form) and have to include:
    > Proof that the applicant has completed a qualifying course of studies - the degree awarded must at least be 2,0 (B) or better (according to § 5, Abs. 1 and 2 of the  study regulations); and proof of language abilities according to appendix A (Anhang A) of the study regulations.
    > Curriculum vitae (without photograph)
    > A letter of motivation explaining the application at the GS PoL
    > A detailed project proposal of the planned dissertation about 10 pages in length, including a concrete description of aims and contents, relevance within literary scholarship and method of the research project, as well as a detailed work and time schedule
    > Two letters of reference. If the applicant holds a Bachelor’s degree or has completed a first course of studies with a regular duration of less than eight semesters, three references must be submitted. 

  • Please address applications (via e-mail) to
    Dr. Maren Conrad
    - Koordinatorin -
    Graduate School 'Practices of Literature'
    WWU Münster, Fachbereich 09 (Philologie)
    c/o Germanistisches Institut
    Schlossplatz 34
    48143 Münster 
  • For more information please contact

    Dr. Maren Conrad (Koordinatorin GSPoL)

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