Two DAAD Scholarships for 2018-2019
Current positions available at the Graduate School 'Practices of Literature' at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, Germany, in cooperation with the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).
Doctoral studies in structured PhD programmes has become an essential part of the qualification of early-stage researchers in Europe and Germany. High quality standards regarding the selection and hosting of doctoral students, as well as an international research environment, create unique perspectives particularly for foreign applicants.
In cooperation with the DAAD, the Department of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster is offering two scholarships for interested and qualified international doctoral candidates in the area of literary studies starting October 1, 2018.
The Graduate School Practices of Literature offers the opportunity to complete your doctoral degree within three years and to prepare for a career in academic or non-academic settings.
Each DAAD scholarship in this programme comprises funding for up to three years, or up to four years for applicants coming from developing or emerging countries.
Areas of Study: American/English/Postcolonial Studies, Arabic/Islamic Studies, Baltic Studies, Book Studies, German Studies, Comparative Literature, Latin Philology/Studies, Dutch Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Romance Studies, Sinology, and Slavonic Studies.
The graduate school focuses on three broad reasearch areas:
1. Literature and Society
(The relationship between Literary Studies, Social Theories, Cultural Theories/Studies, and Literature)
2. Theories of Literature
(Philosophy of Science, History and Theory of Literature, and Literary Theory)
3. Putting the Study of Literature into Practice
(career-oriented aspects that are related to Literary Studies, the literary marketplace, transferable skills, and the relationship between Literary Theory and professional practice)
Curriculum: Lectures/series of talks, colloquia, group projects, workshops, practical training, and academic teaching.
Mentoring: Each doctoral candidate will be allocated to an individual, interdisciplinary support group consisting of three members. A written agreement regarding the mentoring as well as an individual work and time schedule will be drawn up.
Guidelines for Applications to the Graduate School Practices of Literature
The application for a scholarship follows a three-step procedure:
Candidates will (1) submit an application to the GS PoL, which is followed by (2) a personal interview and a final nomination to the DAAD, and (3) the standard application procedure at the DAAD (an online application with supporting documentation via the DAAD online portal).
- a qualifying degree (usually a Master's degree in literary studies; minimum grade: “gut”/B); in exceptional cases: a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade of “sehr gut”/A
- very good German language skills are required since the courses at the GS PoL are taught in German
- at the time of the application (nomination) to DAAD, applicants should have completed their studies (date of last final exam) no longer than six years ago
- at the time of the application (nomination) to DAAD, applicants should not have resided in Germany for more than fifteen months
Please also refer to the DAAD website for current information and their guidelines for foreign applicants.
Deadline: The application deadline for Winter 2018/19 is November 30, 2017.
Applications to the Graduate School must be submitted in written form (in English or German, preferably via email as one PDF file) and should include:
- a letter of motivation giving reasons for the application to the GS PoL
- a curriculum vitae (without photograph)
- proof that the applicant has completed a qualifying degree (usually an master's degree) with a final grade of 2,0 (B) or better (according to § 5, Abs. 1 and 2 in the study regulations)
- proof of language skills according to appendix A (Anhang A) in the study regulations
- a project proposal of about 10 pages in length, including a title, table of contents, abstract, detailed outline (of the topic, its originality and significance, aims and methodology), as well as a work and time schedule and a bibliography
- 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 are required. Referees should use this form.
Please address your application to
Prof. Dr. Andreas Blödorn
Graduate School Practices of Literature
WWU Münster, Fachbereich 09 (Philologie)
48143 Münster, Germany
Please send your application via email to
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