The International PhD Programme «Literal and Cultural Studies» (IPP) at Justus
Liebig University Giessen offers a three-year structured PhD-programme with an
excellent research environment and intensive personal support. The IPP provides
doctoral researchers with optimum conditions for their PhD-projects and custom-
made preparation for the time thereafter, both with regard to academic and non-
The IPP invites applications for one of
up to 12 PhD memberships
The programme period for new members begins on October 1, 2018. The IPP offers
a clearly structured and research-oriented doctoral programme of high academic
standard. Its curriculum is tailored to suit the needs of national and international
postgraduate students and facilitates the completion of the doctoral degree within
three years, while at the same time ensuring the academic quality of the PhD.
Participating departments include English and American Studies, German Studies,
Romance Studies, Slavic Studies, Comparative Literary Studies and Theatre Studies.
The languages of instruction are English and German.
The IPP constitutes an international meeting point for postgraduate students and
scholars of diverse academic backgrounds and has thus established a lively context
for stimulating academic debates. It is committed to cutting-edge research in four key
areas in the field of Literar and Cultural Studies: Literary and Cultural Theory, Genre
Theory, Literary and Cultural Historiography, Comparative and Interdisciplinar Issues.
As a member of the IPP you are entitled to:
participate in the IPP‘s curriculum and the GGK/GCSC study programme, which
consists of a wide range of courses tailored to suit your needs, including bi-weekly
graduate colloquia, workshops, master classes with top ranking international
scholars as well as courses offered by the GGK/GCSC Career Service and the
GCSC Teaching Centre;
apply for travel grants for research and conference trips;
receive support and guidance in all matters relating to the PhD throughout your
benefit from excellent opportunities to gain international conference, publishing
and teaching experience;
pursue independent research in the GGK research and working groups;
rely on expert scholarship advice, helping you to secure funding for your
Applicants need to hold a university degree in literary or cultural studies with a G.P.A.
well above average (international degrees must be equivalent to German ‘Diplom‘,
‘Magister‘, ‘Master‘ or ‘Erstes Staatsexamen‘ degrees). Only projects for which
supervision can be offered within the departments at Justus Liebig University Giessen
and which are relevant to the IPP profile can be considered.An international research
perspective and/or international study experience are an advantage.
Application procedure and deadline:
The main selection criteria are the candidates‘ academic qualifications, the academic
quality of the research proposal and the suitability of the project forthe IPP‘s research
If you are interested in applying to the IPP, please submit the following documents:
a covering letter stating your motivation for applying to the IPP, addressing how
your project fits with the IPP profile
curriculum vitae with a detailed description of your academic profile
copies of all relevant school-leaving/university entrance certificates and university
degree certificates (including transcripts of records)
a copy of your diploma/MAthesis
two letters of reference from a university teacher providing information about your
an outline of the dissertation project of no more than 10 pages as well as an
indication of the time-frame envisaged forthe completion of the project
The application deadline is Februar 1, 2018. All applications should to be
submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all application
documents as one pdf-file, titled
‹last name›_Application, and attach your
diploma/MA thesis as a separate pdf-file, titled
‹last name›_Thesis. Covering
letters should be addressed to the academic director of the IPP:
Prof. Dr. Ansgar Nünning
International PhD Programme (IPP) »Literary and Cultural Studies«
Giessen Graduate School forthe Humanities (GGK)
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Alter Steinbacher Weg 38, 35394 Giessen, Germany
For further information on how to apply please visit our website, http://ipp.uni-giessen.de,
or contact us at email@example.com.
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