Doctoral Project in the Field of North American Studies 2019-2020, Berlin, Germany

Free University of Berlin


November 30, 2018

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Up to ten doctoral candidates in the fild of North American Studies

GSNAS admits up to ten doctoral candidates per year who pursue a doctoral project in the field of North American Studies (i.e. the dissertation has to relate to the U.S. and/or Canada) in one of the six disciplines represented at the John F. Kennedy Institute (culture, economics, history, literature, political science, sociology).

Applications for our six doctoral grants (funding period: 2019-2022) and additional doctoral memberships (Promotionsplätze) for the academic year 2019/20 can be submitted via our application platform, deadline is November 30, 2018. Interviews with shortlisted doctoral candidates will be held after the internal review process, for the upcoming interview dates please see "Selection Procedure". Admission to the program starts in October 2019 (German fall term).

Doctoral grants are awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Service's (DAAD) Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP).

Please note that we won't advertise postdoctoral positions (i.e. positions for holders of a doctoral degree) in the academic year 2017-18. The application process for a postdoc position at GSNAS via the DRS Dahlem Postdoc Fellowships Program is now closed. 

Application Procedure

Applications for doctoral grants (funded by the DFG or DAAD-GSSP for three years) and doctoral memberships (Promotionsplätze) for candidates with third-party funding for the academic year 2019/20 can now be submitted via our application platform. Applicants will have to upload the documents listed below and can either prepare their application dossiers offline or (in several steps) online. Please note that only projects related to the field of North American Studies can be considered (i.e. the dissertation has to relate to the U.S. and/or Canada). We will be glad to answer any further questions via email.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2018.

We will not advertise any postdoctoral positions (i.e. holders of a PhD) for the academic year 2018-19. The application process for the DRS Dahlem Postdoc Fellowships program is now closed. 

The following documents will have to be included in the online application. You will find all relevant details on the specificities (length, file size, etc,) of the documents listed below after registering on our application platform. We therefore kindly ask you to refrain from inquiries on application documents before accessing the online application form. 
You can revise your application before submitting the complete application dossier and hence complete the application process in several steps. Please note that the referees who are supposed to submit a reference letter will not be informed before the application has been submitted. Deadline for the upload of reference letters is December 15, 2018.

  1. A Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  2. A Statement of Purpose of approx. 2 pages (in English)
  3. Copies of Earned Degrees/Diplomas/Graduation Certificates (High School, BA, MA, etc.)
    Please note: Applicants who have not obtained their MA/MSc degree by the deadline must provide a transcript of records specifying that the coursework for the master's degree has been completed. In addition, applicants must provide a written confirmation that the MA/MSc thesis has been submitted. The final grade of the MA thesis/program must be sent to the attention of the GSNAS office before the interviews. The official diploma for the final degree (MA, MSc) must be submitted no later than May 31, 2019 in order to ensure the admission by the respective school/department (Fachbereich).
  4. An Outline of the Dissertation Project of 8-10 pages (in English)
  5. A work plan/timeline (in English)
  6. A Writing Sample based on a chapter of the M.A. thesis or an already published journal article (in English or German)
  7. Proof of Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, CAS, CPE)
    All applicants who are neither native English speakers nor have earned a degree at a university with English as language of instruction are required to submit certification of their English proficiency: minimum TOEFL scores of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) and 100 (internet-based) or equivalent minimum CAE (A and B), CPE (A, B, C) or IELTS (7.0) scores. A degree in North American Studies or English Language and Literature, earned at a German university is not sufficient as a proof of English language skills. It will only be accepted if the entire curriculum was taught in English. In addition, stays/semesters abroad will not be accepted as a substitute for a language test.
  8. Two Recent Letters of Reference (to be uploaded separately by the respective referee until Dec 15, 2018)

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Publish Date
November 05, 2018
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