Course(s) Offered: Humanities, Social sciences
Course Level: Graduate (phd, postdoc)
Provider: German Research Foundation
Country to Study in: Germany, USA, Canada
The Graduate School of North American Studies has been funded by the German Research Foundation since 2006.
The School's program is dedicated to a comprehensive and interdisciplinary analysis of the social, economic and cultural changes facing North America at the beginning of the 21st century.
Special attention is given to the crisis-like transformation running through American society today, apparent in both domestic and foreign policy and economic development, as well as in the media, the arts, culture, and religion. The study program has been organized into nine interdisciplinary research areas.
The Graduate School provides scholarships for ten admitted doctoral students per year and for two postdoctoral researchers every other year. The stipends are granted on a competitive basis by the selection commission.
Eligibility (Admission requirements)
The formal requirement for an application is a university degree (M.A., German Diploma, or the equivalent, Doctorate) with above average marks in either North American Studies or one of the disciplines represented at the John F. Kennedy Institute (Cultural Studies, Literature, Political Science, History, Sociology, and Economics) or closely related academic programs. The discipline of the intended dissertation must correspond to the discipline of the M.A.-degree, or at least be closely related to it. Further information can be obtained at the Graduate School of North American Studies (link to it below).
Applicants for postdoctoral stipends must have completed a doctorate in one of the fields listed above, with above average grade.
Since all instruction is in English, enrollment in the program requires English language proficiency at an advanced level.
The Graduate School is highly interested in international representation and encourages international doctoral and postdoctoral candidates to apply. In order to ensure an equal balance between male and female students, applications by women are particularly encouraged.
International scholars from all nationalities
All approved American/Canadian research institutes, archives and libraries.
In addition, institutes of Freie Universität, institutes of other universities and non-university institutes also participate. For a complete list of these, click here.
Fields of study
The Graduate School provides closely supervised doctoral and postdoctoral education as well as excellent theoretical and methodological research training within the fields of Cultural and Literary Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics, while at the same time promoting interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives. The language of instruction is English.
Number of awards
Ten (10) doctoral and two (2) postdoctoral awards are granted each year
Doctoral scholarships are awarded for a maximum of three years. Continued funding past the first award year is based upon good progress towards completion of the doctoral degree. Postdoctoral scholarships are awarded for two years.
Doctoral scholarships amount to ca. 1,500 € per month, postdoctoral stipends amount to 2,000 € per month. Travel grants are available.
Students with outside funding from external organizations, e.g. foundations, are welcome to apply in the program if they fulfil the admission requirements.
The Graduate School aims at preparing highly qualified doctoral and postdoctoral researchers for scholarly careers in universities, research institutions and other science-related organizations.
Method of Application
Interested applicants must download and complete the application form for doctoral and/or postdoctoral candidates available on the admissions page of the official web site (see link below).
All requested documents must also be submitted alongside.
The study program entry application deadline is January 31 each year.
Applications for the doctoral / postdoctoral program are also possible if you have your own scholarship/funding. Please make a note on the application sheet and provide some confirmation.
Attention: In 2014, GSNAS will grant only doctoral stipends. Postdoctoral Scholarships will be advertized again for 2015.
Please send your application together with the requested documents until January 31, 2014 (Postmark) to:
Freie Universität Berlin
Graduate School of North American Studies
Dr. Katja Mertin, Managing Director
14195 Berlin, Germany
Application Deadline: January 31, 2014
Open to International students: Yes
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