12 PhD memberships (m/f/d) International PhD Programme «Literary and Cultural Studies» (IPP)
Justus Liebig University Giessen
The International PhD Programme “Literary 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-academic careers.
The IPP invites applications for one of
up to 12 PhD memberships.
The programme period for new members begins on October 1, 2022. 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 established a lively context for stimulating
academic debates. It is committed to cutting-edge research in four key areas in the field
of Literary and Cultural Studies: Literary and Cultural Theory, Genre Theory, Literary
and Cultural Historiography, Comparative and Interdisciplinary Issues.
As a member of the IPP you are entitled to:
participate in the IPP’s curriculumand theGGK/GCSC study programme, which consists
of a wide range of courses, 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 related to the PhD throughout your
benefit from excellent opportunities to gain international conference, publishing and
pursue independent research in the GGK research and working groups;
rely on expert scholarship advice, helping you to secure funding for your postgraduate
We strongly recommend that applicants search and apply for funding options parallel
to their applications to the IPP. International applicants can consider applying for a
Research Grant for Doctoral Studies in Germany sponsored by the German Academic
Exchange Service (DAAD) or comparable funding institutions.
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 for the 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/MA thesis
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 for the completion of the project
The application deadline is February 1st, 2022. All applications should to be
submitted via e-mail to email@example.com. 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. Dr. h.c. Ansgar Nünning
International PhD Programme (IPP) „Literary and Cultural Studies“
Giessen Graduate School for the Humanities (GGK)
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Alter Steinbacher Weg 38
For further information on how to apply, please visit our website: http://ipp.uni-giessen.de,
or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In January 2022, the IPP will be represented at a digital Information Day, where
potential applicants have a chance to obtain more information on the programme.
Further information and a date will be posted on our homepage in due course.
For further information on this event, see http://www.uni-giessen.de/faculties/ggkgcsc.