Open Positions 26
Time Span 01 Oct 2022 for 3 years
Application Deadline 01 Feb 2022
Type of Position
PhD - Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
Language and Cultural Studies
Law, Economics, and Social Sciences
Arts, Music, Sport
Subjects Cultural Studies
Description Giessen University's International Graduate Centre for the
Study of Culture (GCSC), co-funded from 2006-2019 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-
The GCSC grants
- up to 6 scholarships and additional
- up to 20 memberships
to new members.
Applications must be submitted online no later than February 1, 2022
The PhD scholarship period begins on October 1, 2022 and 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.
The GCSC expects scholarship holders to:
• become actively involved in at least one research area and one other
GCSC/GGK research group (e.g. emerging topics research groups) by
initiating, coordinating and documenting collaborative research projects, such
as conferences or publications,
• participate with commitment in the GCSC's curriculum
• assume residency in or near Giessen.
We strongly recommend that applicants search and apply for alternative funding
options parallel to their applications to the GCSC. International applicants
can, for instance, consider applying for a Research Grant for Doctoral Studies
in Germany sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD (German
Academic Exchange Service) or comparable funding institutions from their home
All of the GCSC's doctoral students are eligible to apply for funding towards
research and conference trips, and they benefit from our Career Service and
Teaching Centre. Doctoral members of the GCSC must register as PhD students at
the Justus Liebig University. There are no tuition fees for doctoral students
at the JLU, except for an enrolment fee of approximately €300 per semester.
• Graduation with excellent marks (from two-year research-track master's
programmes) in one of the GCSC's academic subjects or the arts/humanities,
cultural studies or social sciences in the humanities, social sciences and
cultural studies with honors. The last academic degree should not have been
obtained more than two years ago.
• Applications from students who expect to obtain a first or upper second
class honours M.A. degree (or the equivalent) are welcome as well.
• A dissertation project that contributes to the GCSC's research profile and
can be supervised at the Justus Liebig University.
• Applications which make a significant contribution to the study of culture
in various historical contexts, including contemporary phenomena.
• An international research perspective, i.e. international study experience,
is an advantage.
• 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 GCSC focuses its research within the following Research Areas: Research
Area 1: Cultural Memory Studies Research Area 2: Cultural Narratologies
Research Area 3: Cultural Transformation and Performativity Studies Research
Area 4: Visual and Material Culture Studies Research Area 5: Media and
Multiliteracy Studies Research Area 6: Cultural Identities Research Area
7: Global Studies and Politics of Space Research Area 8: Cultures of
Knowledge, Research and Education Research 9: Ecology and the Study of
In addition, the GCSC has established research groups organized around
"emerging topics" that are expected to contribute to the research profile by
establishing and strengthening links to neighbouring disciplines as well as to
emerging topics in contemporary public discourse. Thus far, Emerging Topic
Groups have been established on "Ecology", "Migration", “Religion" and “Life
All applications have to be submitted online – please register at
https: // gcsc.campuscore.eu (as of 1st December). Please find all information
about the two-stage application procedure on our website at https:// uni-
If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or participate in our digital Information
Day on January 12, 2022.
Language of Dissertation
Letter of Motivation
List of Publication
Others : timeline (3 years), two references, digital copy of M.A.-thesis
More Information https: // www. uni-