How to apply

Applications should be submitted by completing the online application form.


Please make sure you have assembled all the necessary information before starting to complete the form, since there is no possibility of saving the information you have entered during the process.

We recommend filling in the application form at least a few days before the deadline. Otherwise, should you experience problems, we will not be able to provide adequate support.


Application Deadline: 15 April 2020 (23:00 CET)


If you have further questions after looking at the information provided on these pages, you can contact the coordination office of the RTG minor cosmopolitanisms by e-mail at <minor-cosmopolitanismsuni-potsdamde>.


As part of the form, you will be asked to upload a number of documents, including your project exposé, CV, letter of motivation, a writing sample, and degree certificate(s). These documents must be combined into one PDF file which should not exceed a size of 10 MB. Please name your PDF „YOURNAME.pdf“ (substituting your last name for YOURNAME).

(Note: Following a system update, the file will currently  be renamed automatically once uploaded. We will still be able to match your file to your application, so don't worry about this. In the hope that the bug might get fixed soon, we'd ask you to still follow the instructions on how to name your file.)

The PDF should contain the following documents:

  • Cover page containing your name and contact information
  • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Outline of proposed postdoctoral research project including bibliography (3,500 words max., not counting the bibliography)
  • Proposed work and time schedule
  • Degree certificates and transcripts. Degree certificates in languages other than English or German must be translated into English or German by a certified and nationally accredited translator. Please include an explanation of the grade system used in the certificates/transcripts.
  • Writing sample in English (e.g., thesis chapter or independent academic publication, max. 5,000 to 7,000 words)

Please refrain from including a photograph of yourself in your application.
(If one of the documents you are required to hand in, contains a photograph, that's OK.)

In the form, you will be asked for the following information:

  • Personal data
  • Academic information: Please provide information on your  PhD and M.A. degree, including your field(s) of study or disciplines, the institution, and the date when the degrees were awarded. In addition, please specify the title of your PhD thesis and your supervisor(s). If you have completed a degree that is not an M.A. but euqivalent, please fill in these fields, and use the field provided below for additional remarks to explain.
  • Language skills: Please tick the appropriate box or boxes. If you are you a native English speaker, or have completed a degree with English as its language of instruction, no further information is required. If this does not apply to you, please choose „other“ and specify your English proficiency level. It is not necessary to provide a certificate of language proficiency at this point. Should your application successfully pass the first stage of the selection process, we will actively solicit this information. In addition, please specify your German language skills. You may add information on additional language skills as well.
  • Proposed research project: This section includes information on your project’s working title as well as a short abstract (approx. 200 words).
  • References: Please do not submit letters of reference, but indicate the names and contact details of two potential referees. The RTG will contact the referees if further information is required. Please make sure that the persons you name have agreed to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf if solicited, and to being contacted by phone or e-mail by the RTG. Note: Do not be alarmed if your referees have not, or don't, receive a request to sumbit a reference. We will not routinely request references, but only if needed.
  • Submitted documents: Please check that the PDF you upload contains all the necessary information and meets the formal criteria (file size, name).
  • Additional information: You may use this field for any additional information you deem relevant.