Formal requirements and criteria

Applicants will be asked to submit a substantial outline of their proposed dissertation project.
(For details see How to apply).

  • Candidates will mainly be chosen on the strength of the academic quality of their proposed project and its relevance for the RTG’s research profile.
  • Projects must fall within one of the academic disciplines of the RTG, and within the fields of expertise of the RTG's supervisors.
    (See  Academic disciplines and  the supervisors' profiles for details. In case of doubt, feel free to ask potential supervisors for advice.)

Additional relevant criteria are:

  • Excellent academic qualification with particular relevance to the RTG
  • Motivation
  • Timely completion of higher education with an above-average degree

Formal requirements:

  • A completed M.A. degree (or equivalent) in one of the disciplines represented in the RTG or in a related academic field.

These are: Anglophone Literary Studies, Postcolonial Studies, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender and Queer Studies, Cultural Anthropology, History, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Political Theory, Sociology, German Literary Studies.

The degree must have been completed, and the degree certificate issued, at the moment of submitting the application.

  •  Language proficiency in English

The RTG’s working language is English.

If you have completed a degree with English as its language of instruction, or if you are an English native speaker, no proof of language proficiency will be requested. In all other cases, applicants will be asked to present certification of their English proficiency level in the course of the application process.

Knowledge of German is no prerequisite and will not be considered as a criterion.