Notes on applying

Positions for graduate students are available each semester. Applications for regular membership are accepted for both winter and summer terms each year.



Areas of study:  English/American Studies, Arabic/Islamic Studies, Baltic Studies, Book Studies, German Studies, Comparative Studies, Latin Philology/Studies, Dutch Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Romance Studies, Sinology, and Slavonic Studies.

The following three areas are to be emphasized in the individual doctoral dissertations:

1. Literature and Society
(The relationship between Literary Studies, Social Theories, Cultural Theories and Studies, and Literature)
2. Theories of Literature
(Philosophy of Science, History and Theory of Literature, Literary Theories)
3. Putting the Study of Literature into Practice
(Occupationally-oriented areas that apply Literary Studies, the literary marketplace, key qualifications, 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 have an individual, interdisciplinary support group consisting of three members. A written agreement regarding the mentoring will be made and an individual work and time schedule will be established. The respective professors will assist in applying for scholarships.





Requirements: A qualifying degree (Master/Magister/Staatsexamen with a minimum grade of “gut”/B);
in exceptional cases: a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade of “sehr gut”/A; language skills

Application Deadlines for Winter/Summer Term:

  • May 31 / November 30: application
  • July / January-February: personal interview

Application Documents:

Applications to the Graduate School must be submitted in written form (in German or English; preferably via email as one PDF file) and should include:

  • letter of motivation giving reasons for the application at GS PoL
  • proof that the applicant has completed a qualifying degree (usually a master's degree in literary studies) with a grade of 2,0 (B) or better (according to § 5, Abs. 1 and 2 of the  study regulations); proof of language skills according to appendix A (Anhang A) of the study regulations.
  • curriculum vitae (without photograph)
  • a brief (approx. half-page) abstract of the dissertation project
  • 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 recommendation; 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 submit your application (ideally electronically in one PDF file) to:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Blödorn
Graduate School Practices of Literature
WWU Münster, Fachbereich 09 (Philologie)
c/o Germanistisches Institut
Schlossplatz 34
48143 Münster 
koordinationsbuero.gspol@wwu.de

For more information please contact

Anna Thiemann (Coordination Office)

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