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Open Positions 6
Time Span 01 Oct 2019 for 4 years
Application Deadline 31 May 2019
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD - Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
  • Language and Cultural Studies
Subjects Literary Studies
Description The Graduate School Practices of Literature (GSPoL) at the University of Münster invites doctoral candidates in literary studies to apply for the winter term 2019/2020. In addition, international students have the opportunity to apply for a four-year DAAD scholarship funded by the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP).

Graduate schools and structured doctoral training have been widely adopted by institutions across Europe to enhance students’ networking skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, and employability in or outside academia. High-quality standards regarding the selection and hosting of doctoral students, as well as an international research environment, create an ideal setting particularly for international candidates. At the GSPoL, students benefit from interdisciplinary supervision and exchange and have the opportunity to prepare for careers in academic and non-academic contexts.

Areas of study:
English/American Studies, Arabic/Islamic Studies, Baltic Studies, Book Studies, German Studies, Comparative Studies, Latin Philology/Studies, (Neo-)Medieval Latin Studies, Dutch Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Romance Studies (main areas: French, Spanish, and Italian Literature), Sinology, and Slavonic Studies.

The program revolves around three main research areas:

1. Literature, Culture and Society
(relationship between literature, culture and society; social theories; cultural theories; cultural turn and/in literary studies)

2. Theories of Literature and Culture
(science studies; history, theory and methodology in literary/cultural studies)

3. Literary and Cultural Studies and the Professional World
(professional sectors that require expertise in literary/cultural studies; the literary marketplace; transferable skills)

lecture series and workshops, colloquia, research groups, and elective options such as internships, academic teaching, etc.

Each doctoral candidate will have an individual interdisciplinary support group consisting of three supervisors. A written mentoring agreement and an individual timeline will be established and signed by the PhD candidate and their supervisors.

The application follows a two- or three-step process:

Step 1:
Written application to the GSPoL in German or English (via email as a single PDF file) consisting of:
- letter of motivation stating the reasons for the application to the GSPoL
- curriculum vitae (without photograph)
- proof that the applicant has completed a master’s degree (usually in literary studies) with a minimum grade of “gut” (2.0) (according to § 5 (1) of the GSPoL study regulations)
- proof of German, English and, possibly, additional foreign language skills according to § 5 (2) of the GSPoL study regulations
- brief (approx. half-page) abstract of the PhD project
- project proposal of about 10 pages in length, including a title, table of contents, detailed outline (of the topic; its originality and significance; aims and methodology), as well as a bibliography
- detailed timeline
- two letters of reference (DAAD applicants are required to use the official DAAD form: or

Step 2:
personal interview at the GSPoL

Step 3 (only DAAD applicants): nomination to the DAAD and standard application procedure at and final decision by the DAAD (online application with supporting documentation via the DAAD portal)

Please send your application (via email as a single PDF file) and any questions you may have to:
Graduate School Practices of Literature
WWU Münster, Fachbereich 09 (Philologie)
Dr. Anna Thiemann
c/o Germanistisches Institut
Schlossplatz 34
48143 Münster

phone +49 251 83 - 24439

Please refer to our website for updates and further information:

Requirements Requirements
- Master’s/Magister/Staatsexamen degree (usually in literary studies) with a minimum grade of “gut” (2.0)
- German, English and, possibly, additional foreign language skills according to § 5 (2) of the GSPoL study regulations (if necessary, the DAAD pro-gramme may include a preparatory German language course)

Additional requirements for DAAD scholarships:
- applicants must have received their Master’s degree (i.e. taken their last final exam) no more than six years prior to the time when the DAAD receives the nomination letter
- applicants should not have resided in Germany for more than fifteen months prior to the nomination to the DAAD
- during the PhD programme, (research) stays outside Germany may not exceed one year in total (= 25% of the funding period) and may not start at the beginning of the scholarship
Working Language
  • English
  • German
Language of Dissertation
  • English
  • German
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Research Proposal
  • Others : abstract, timeline, and two letters of reference
More Information


WWU Münster • Graduate School Practices of Literature
Dr. Anna Thiemann
Schlossplatz 34
48143 Münster

Phone: +49 251 83 - 24439