GCSC PhD Scholarships for International Students in Germany, 2014

"GCSC PhD Scholarships"

"GCSC PhD Scholarships"Giessen University’s International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), funded by the German federal government’s Excellence Initiative, offers a three-year, structured PhD-program in the study of culture. With its excellent research environment, a doctoral program 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-academic careers.

GCSC are granted for one year with the possibility of two extensions of one year each. Doctoral scholarships include a monthly stipend of € 1468. PhD candidates seeking an excellent research environment will find ideal working conditions and maximum support at the GCSC and will have access to all the advantages offered by the GCSC to its members.

Study Subject:

Scholarships will be awarded for study of culture. The GCSC focuses its research within the following research areas: Cultural Memory Studies, Cultural Narratologies, Cultural Transformation and Performativity Studies, Visual and Material Culture Studies, Media and Multiliteracy Studies, Cultural Identities, Global Studies and Politics of Space and Cultures of Knowledge, Research and Education.


The GCSC particularly welcomes applications for PhD scholarships from students who:

  • Graduated with excellent marks from two-year research-track master’s programs in one of the GCSC’s academic subjects or in cultural studies.
  • Please note: If your main subject does not appear on the list of affiliated departments (for example, if you have a degree in Cultural Studies), you may still be eligible for membership of the GCSC, provided your research project can contribute to one of the GCSC’s research profiles.
  • Are proposing a research project that contributes to one (or several) of the GCSC’s research areas and that they have not worked on for more than one year.
  • Are fluent in English or German, knowledge of both is an advantage and should be acquired during the scholarship period

Scholarship Duration:

Scholarships will be offered for one year with the possibility of two extensions of one year each. The GCSC supports young researchers with families; appointees with children under the age of twelve are eligible for renewals of up to four years.

Scholarship Value:

Doctoral scholarships include a monthly stipend of € 1468 (plus family allowances when applicable).

Selection Criteria:

The main selection criteria are the candidates’ academic qualifications, the academic quality of the research proposal and the suitability of the project for the GCSC’s research program.


Short-listed candidates will be invited to a 30-minute interview at the GCSC.

How to Apply?

To apply for GCSC scholarships, you will be asked to fill in and submit our online application form and to upload the following documents before the current deadline.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2014.

For further information: GCSC PhD Scholarships

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