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Graduate Program Opportunities Scholarships/Fellowships for 2020/21

Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at Columbia University

For the fall of 2020, the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at Columbia University offers up to four doctoral fellowships (Ph.D.) in the field of German literature and culture. Columbia’s department is one of the leading programs in the U.S. and Canada. The course of study incorporates a strong literary and theoretical component with additional strength in media studies, intellectual history, gender studies, literature and science as well as German-Jewish culture. The program has a historical focus of roughly 1750 to the present and a flexible emphasis on theory and methodology. Students are encouraged to combine their study of literature, literary theory, and intellectual history with coursework and research beyond the department. Comparative and cross-disciplinary work can be pursued in conjunction with other graduate programs and numerous specialized institutes. The department has strong ties with the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Center for Comparative Media, and the Department of Art History and Anthropology. The comparatively small size of seminars guarantees close mentoring of students.
With its unique cultural offerings, vast library system, museums, and vibrant cultural life, New York is an ideal place to study German literature and culture in a transnational context.
The fellowship offers five years of full financial support, including tuition fees and health insurance. Training and practice in language instruction and pedagogy are an important part of the fellowship.
Prerequisites for application: BA or MA in Germanistik or related fields; high academic achievements; advanced proficiency in English.

Applications are to be submitted online at:

Submitted documents should include: Online application form; three recommendations; transcripts of courses taken; degree diplomas (or official letter confirming date of degree); Curriculum Vitae; statement of purpose and of plans for further study; 20-page writing sample; results of the TOEFL-test.

Further information about our program:
For further information, please contact Professor Claudia Breger, Director of Graduate Studies, at:
Deadline for applications: January 2, 2020 - Notification about admission: February 2020

Princeton University Department of German

 The Princeton University Department of German welcomes applications for PhD students beginning in Fall 2020. Long considered a leading program for training Germanists, our graduate program has in recent decades built upon its traditional strengths in literature (from the Middle Ages to the present), literary theory, critical theory and philosophy by developing further faculty specializations in media studies, film, psychoanalysis, gender studies, systems theory, and the visual arts. A key member of the intellectual life of Princeton University, the German Department enjoys close ties with many other departments on campus including Comparative Literature, Art and Archaeology, History, and the School of Architecture.

Beyond Princeton, we enjoy a broad international reach through cooperations with the PhD Net of the Humboldt Universität (“Das Wissen der Literatur”), the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies (a collaboration with the IKKM, Bauhaus Universität Weimar), and the Princeton-Oxford Research Collaboration on Walter Benjamin. Our permanent faculty also provide our PhD students with the opportunity for regular exchange with the Humboldt Universität in Berlin.

All graduate students admitted to the program are guaranteed paid tuition and a generous monthly stipend for a minimum of five years (including summers), but often including a sixth year of support for dissertation completion. The department also makes available funds to support scholarly research and participation at conferences. During their time at Princeton graduate students are expected to teach at least one year of German, for which they receive extensive pedagogical training and supervision. Students also regularly take advantage of various other opportunities to gain teaching experience, including teaching the second-year language sequence, leading a section for a university lecture course, and team-teaching a literature course with a faculty member.

In our commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all, Princeton’s German Department seeks to create a climate that is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas, and reaches out as widely as possible in order to attract the best qualified individuals. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, political views, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran status.

Our program’s combination of intellectual intensity, diversity and supportiveness have resulted in a placement record unsurpassed in the field.
For more information on the program or for any questions, please contact Sara S. Poor, Director of Graduate Studies ( or visit the German Department’s website (
Information about applying can be found at:

The deadline for submitting applications is December 31, 2019.

The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies

Call for Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
Application Deadline: December 18, 2019


About the Program
CDG combines the strengths and expertise of two leading German Studies faculties at neighboring universities: a public ivy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an elite private, Duke University. One of the leading programs in German Studies in North America, CDG is based on three core pillars:

·      Texts

CDG trains students in the careful interpretation of literature, film, media and theory.

·      Methods

CDG introduces students to a wide variety of methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches including literary theory, philosophy, intellectual history, science studies, Jewish studies, comparative literature, history, music, philosophy, theology, art history, political science, and women’s and gender studies.

·      History

CDG fosters innovative research based on extensive historical knowledge of German-language literature and culture from the medieval to contemporary periods.

Funding, Course of Study, and Exchange Opportunities
CDG offers a stipend that covers tuition and health insurance for six years of graduate study. Applicants are also considered for prestigious J.B. Duke and Royster Society fellowships. Summer funding is guaranteed for the first four years as well.
CDG students first take two years of courses. Following the completion of their preliminary exams in year three, they embark on their dissertations. Through close collaboration with faculty advisors, doctoral candidates mold their individual research agenda while receiving pre-professional guidance and mentored pedagogical training at both Duke and UNC.
CDG collaborates with the Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and Universität Zürich to provide opportunities for study and research abroad. Upon completion of the PhD, students receive a joint diploma from both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. CDG boasts an impressive roster of successful alumni with jobs in and outside of academia.

Eligibility Requirements
CDG seeks applicants of any nationality with exceptional academic records and intellectual curiosity. Applicants must be proficient in both German and English and have a BA or the international equivalent in German Studies or a related field. For how apply, visit the CDG website.
For further information about CDG, please contact Professor Richard Langston ( and Professor Henry Pickford (

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications to its innovative MA and PhD Programs in Modern Languages & Cultural Studies. We offer:

  • an interdisciplinary and transcultural focus
  • collaborative, student-centred programs
  • dual emphasis on academic and professional development

Modern Languages and Cultural Studies offers MA and PhD degree programs in four major areas: Applied Linguistics, Media and Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, and Transnational and Comparative Literatures.  Students develop and explore research questions in a creative, dynamic, and international learning environment that emphasizes both academic and professional training. Our large and distinguished faculty can guide diverse theoretical approaches to research—including gender and sexuality theory, visual cultural theory, urban studies, folklore, film theory, digital and internet studies, discourse analysis, second-language acquisition, and more—in time periods ranging from the premodern to the contemporary, in a wide range of languages, and in diverse cultural regions. In addition to research-focussed, thesis-based MA and PhD programs, we offer a course-based MA focussed on professional development. All of our programs feature interdisciplinary and transcultural seminars, a student-designed professional development portfolio, and colloquia that support collaboration and accelerated time to degree completion. 

MA and PhD studies in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta means exposure to and engagement with a broad range of linguistic, national, and cultural perspectives in a setting that encourages collaborative problem solving, creative risk-taking, and critical reflection. Uniquely equipped with skills in cultural communication and a commitment to diversity, our graduates pursue careers in government, business, and academia as educators, researchers, communication experts, and global leaders.


For more information, please visit our website ( or contact 

Applications for Sept. 2020 admission are due no later than Jan. 15, 2020


The Graduate Program in German at Georgetown University

Deadline: January 15, 2020.


The Graduate Program in German is ideally positioned to respond to the challenges in the profession and to the changing role of the humanities. Many of our program features reflect the recommendations of the MLA report on Doctoral Education.


·       Georgetown offers a rigorous academic program that responds to the broadening career goals of graduate students. We are committed to preparing PhD and MA students for the highest level of scholarship in research and teaching.


·       Drawing on the broad range of expertise of the faculty at Georgetown, the graduate program provides an excellent foundation of German literature and culture and fosters interdisciplinary approaches to more specialized areas of inquiry, including: contemporary literature and culture, issues of gender and sexuality, digital humanities/media studies, curriculum development, and literacy studies.


·       All students, irrespective of their area of concentration, receive extensive preparation for teaching and are involved in various aspects of curriculum development and assessment.


·       Our commitment to individual mentoring and to generous year-round financial support makes completion of the MA degree in two years and the PhD in five years not only desirable but also financially and academically feasible.


Application materials include: Statement of Purpose, copies of official transcripts (all prior institutions), three letters of recommendations; academic writing samples in English and German; GRE scores (for applicants holding a degree from an English-language institution) or TOEFL scores (for applicants not holding a degree from an English-language institution).


Please visit the Georgetown University website for more information on the graduate program and on the application process. If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Peter C. Pfeiffer, Department Chair, at or Dr. Marianna Ryshina-Pankova, Director of Graduate Studies, at    


At the University of Arizona Department of German Studies, we would like to extend an invitation to your students to apply to join our MA and PhD programs for Fall 2020. The application date is January 15, 2020, and you or your students are welcome to contact me with any questions by phone or email. Here below are a few answers to questions you may have, and check out our Virtual Tour too! Our Website is here:

At University of Arizona German Studies, an AATG Center of Excellence, we are expanding our unique five- year PhD program in Transcultural German Studies to include a year of coursework in Germanistik at the University of Köln, as an additional alternative to our current coursework partnership with the University of Leipzig. All admitted PhD students spend two semesters in their second year attending and being advised at one of these two German universities. Either in Leipzig or in Köln, all Arizona doctoral students do on-the- ground pre-dissertation research and gaining competence and experience in German educational and disciplinary landscapes. Most recent graduates of the PhD program are in tenure-line and career-track academic positions around the world.

Our MA program comprises tracks in Literature / Culture, Pedagogy, and Translation, and offers intensive mentoring and professional development for a range of academic and alt-academic futures. Our uniqueSecondary Teaching Certification program allows MA students to obtain a US teaching credential and complete student teaching within five semesters. Merit fellowships like the Max Kade are also awarded.

We offer comprehensive support to admitted students, which includes a teaching salary and tuition waiver. MA students almost always receive four semesters of support. PhD students receive ten semesters of support (six for coursework and exams, four for dissertating.) We pride ourselves on fostering a community of colleagues where diverse experiences, backgrounds, and research interests are truly respected and encouraged. Tucson is an affordable, multicultural border city with around 1,000,000 people. Graduate students at Arizona come from institutions around the world—in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Our Department has a full-time faculty of ten research professors, all of whom actively advise graduate work. Our faculty are at present approximately 50% applied linguistics / pedagogy-focused and 50% literature, culture, and film-oriented in our research and teaching. Several of us cross traditional thresholds between“literature” and “linguistics” and encourage our students to do the same in their innovative research and teaching as well. And yet, we offer strengthen in historical perspectives (medieval, early modern, 19th century, and early 20th century), and our various faculty colleagues focus on film, environmental studies, feminist approaches, public humanities, Jewish studies, migration and decolonization, and theories of multilingualism.