Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies Scholarships, Germany

Publish Date: Nov 06, 2015

Deadline: Dec 31, 2015

Scholarships of Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School (FSGS) has been funded by the Excellence Initiative(DFG) since 2007. Admission to the structured doctorate program is connected with 3- to 4-year full scholarships. Every year, approximately 10 doctorate scholarships and admissions are granted.

Besides, FSGS grants up to two postdoc scholarships every year. These run for two years. There are no teaching obligations, however an important eligibility criterion is the candidate’s motivation to participate actively in the school’s everyday life and to work closely with the doctoral candidates.

International doctoral candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Doctorate candidates with upbringing duties have the opportunity to take up 12 additional scholarship months, be it as prolongation of their scholarship, be it as a refund of day care. A combination of both models is possible as well.

Advertisement and Procedure

Advertisements are issued once a year on our website, in DIE ZEIT, on and further European online services. The advertisement is announced in October. Application deadline is 31st December. The online application platform is activated. Please note that the application platform and form are available in German only.

Following the review of the applications in January you will get notified in case your application cannot be considered on formal grounds.

Every formally accepted application enters an internal assessment procedure in January. InMarch, the admission committee chooses approximately 30 applicants based on the internal votes who are invited for the selection interviews in April (presumably 21st/22nd April 2016). In case you have not been chosen, you will be notified promptly.

The selection interviews take place in April. Every applicant gets the opportunity to present his or her project orally in 5 - 10 minutes. A discussion of about 10 - 15 minutes follows. The supervisors mentioned in your applications are invited to this interview. You do not need to bring your application documents with you.

In any case, you will be notified promptly after the selection interviews. If you are offered ascholarship and accept it, it starts on 1st October.

An application does not lead to a legal claim. Reasons for denial will not be given.

Announcement of scholarship

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies is a graduate school focussing solely on literary studies to have been repeatedly successful in the German "Excellence Initiative". It supervises exceptional dissertation projects in the field of Literary Studies, examining European, American, Arabic and Asian literary texts, with an historical and/or inter- or transcultural approach.

The Graduate School will award in 2016:

  • up to 10 doctoral scholarships with a duration of 3 years max.
  • up to 2 post-doctoral scholarships with a duration of 2 years max.
The scholarships will commence on 1st October 2016
The application deadline is 31st December 2015
The application platform will be available from 26th October 2015

Doctoral scholarships

The doctoral course “Literary Studies” offers a structured research programme with intensive individual supervision of the thesis. Doctoral candidates take part in activities that support their research within their individual disciplines, at the same time placing this research in an interdisciplinary context. These activities include:

  • Interdisciplinary research colloquia
  • Seminars on methodology and literary theory
  • Courses and workshops in the field of transferable skills

Applicants must hold a completed degree (M.A. or equivalent) with above-average grades in the humanities, preferably literary studies.

Post-doctoral scholarships

The post-doctoral scholarships offer young researchers the opportunity to focus on their own research within an excellent research context. We expect active cooperation.

German is the favoured working languages in both programmes.

Online Application (available in German, only)


Applicants for a scholarship place in the structured doctorate program “Literaturwissenschaftliche Studien – Literary Studies” should:

  • have a University Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities, ideally in the field ofliterary studies;

    • if more than two years have elapsed since graduation, be able to prove continuous academic activity in a field relevant for their doctoral project;
    • if applicable, have study, practical or work experience relevant for their doctoral project, preferably abroad;
  • be able to demonstrate a very good command of German and English;

    • if applicable, be able to prove command in the scientific language relevant for their doctoral project;
  • be of an age that provides a well-founded perspective to advance scientifically and professionally as young academics at universities, non-academic or other research institutions;

    • the Career-Stage Model modelled on the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation is relevant;
  • not receive or have received other funding for their current doctoral project from public sources or foundations;

  • be able to submit a proposal showing that their doctoral project is innovative, elaborated and well-grounded in theory;

  • find a supervisor matching their scientific area in our PI-list and contact them if applicable;

  • make a conscious and well-founded decision for a structured doctorate program.

Please contact our administration team to address further questions.

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