Giessen University International Scholarships in Germany, 2018-2019


Giessen University’s International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), co-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.


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.


We invite applications from students who graduated with excellent marks (from two-year research-track master’s programs in one of the GCSC’s academic subjects* or the arts/humanities, cultural studies or social sciences no longer than two years ago as well as from students who expect to obtain a first or upper second class honors M.A. degree (or the equivalent).

The GCSC encourages 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.


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.