In most cases, only two-year research-track programmes will be considered equivalent to a German MA degree. Graduates of one-year programmes might be asked to complete extra coursework prior to starting with their doctorate. Please contact the GCSC staff should you feel unsure about your degree.
German university do not grant doctorates to candidates already holding a PhD in the same discipline (e.g. the humanities). For this reason, we cannot accept applications for doctoral scholarships from candidates who already hold a PhD.
In order to benefit from our high-profile interdisciplinary research environment, your research project should contribute to at least one of our eight research areas. However, we refrain from imposing thematic restrictions on research proposals. Instead, we encourage talented postgraduate students to join the GCSC and thereby to contribute to its diversified research profile and allow their own research to be stimulated by constant exchange with other fellows and senior researchers.
Since we welcome interdisciplinary projects, you may locate your research project within one or more of our academic subjects and research areas. However, please make sure that your research proposal includes an explanation of how the project fits into the relevant disciplines and the GCSC's research profile.
The GCSC offers young researchers an interdisciplinary research environment with scholars from the JLU and other national and international institutions. If your research project fits into the GCSC’s research profile, you are very welcome to apply for membership. We will be happy to look for the adequate subject available in Giessen where your research can be located and will always try and find individual solutions suited to the candidate’s needs.
Yes. PhD supervisors from among the GCSC faculty may be chosen by the applicants before or after their admission. It will be part of the application procedure to verify if your chosen faculty member is willing to supervise your thesis. You do not have to contact potential supervisors beforehand, but are of course free to do so if you want to get in touch before filing your application.
There is no need for you to discuss your project with a potential supervisor before being admitted here at the GCSC. We would, however, ask you to list members of the faculty you would like to see on your advisory board. Once we have reviewed and approved of your application, we will put you in touch with relevant faculty to negotiate supervision details and the finer details of your future collaboration.
We would ask you to submit at least one reference by a full professor (i.e. holding a chair). Your second referee should hold a doctorate (i.e. readers, lecturers, assistant and associate professors) and have taught you at university level.
Before completion of your undergraduate degree your application cannot be considered by the committee.
Your application for a doctoral post can only be considered if you have finished your M.A.- thesis and you will have obtained your M.A. degree by 1 October 2013 (beginning of the scholarship). If at the time of your application you cannot yet present any official transcript / M.A. degree certificate, we need a letter of your supervisor confirming that you will have received your degree by 1 October 2013. This confirmation has to reach us by the application deadline of 1 March 2013. We will also ask you to submit your exam certificates as soon as possible before 1 October 2013.
Yes, you may choose your second examiner / supervisor from another institution in Germany or abroad. We do, however, require your first supervisor to be based at Gießen University. For more information on the GCSC faculty, see http://gcsc.uni-giessen.de/wps/pgn/home/GCSC_eng/affiliated_departments_and_institutions/. Remember that there is no need to contact potential supervisors prior to applying at the GCSC, as we'll gladly put you in touch with suitable supervisors once you've been accepted to the programme.
You are eligible to apply provided that you will have finished your degree by October 2013 at the latest. We would ask you to have your referees comment on your academic work so far and to submit an up-to-date transcript of the courses taken so far.
You are eligible to apply, but you will need to provide a letter from your supervisor confirming that you will have submitted and defended your doctoral thesis before October 2013. At stage two of the application process (starting mid-April) you are, however, required to submit a copy of your dissertation.
At stage two of the application process, please provide us with a copy of your original thesis as well as a summary of about two pages written in English or German. This summary should provide information on the major research questions, the methods and models applied, as well as the results achieved. Additionally, we would ask you to provide a translated version of the table of contents.
Courses at the GCSC are taught in English and in German and you should be fluent in either of these languages when you start your PhD at the GCSC. According to the doctoral degree regulations, doctoral students are asked to obtain a German language proficiency certificate by the end of their graduate studies at the GCSC. At JLU, German language courses for doctoral students are offered on a regular basis, which allows you to obtain the certificate within one year. However, we would warmly advise you to acquire a basic knowledge of the German language before coming to Giessen.
The research proposal should follow these five academic guidelines:
Objective: Define what it is you would like to know. Furthermore, clarify why certain aspects of your research are of special interest. Answer the questions you would like to obtain through your research.
Methods: Describe how you would like to proceed. Also explain how you are going to use prescribed methods of your discipline and why these methods are especially helpful for your dissertation project.
Theories and Terms: Clarify what principles you’re orienting yourself by. On which general statements from select representatives of your discipline would you like to base your thoughts? When possible, apply current terminology to your explanation.
Materials/Objects: Describe what material you’ll be analyzing and depicting. Briefly present the texts, dates or sources and clarify why these materials are relevant to your work. Are these sources easily accesed, or do you foresee archival research as a means to reach certain sources?
Hypothesis: Explain what you hope to find out. Are there already hunches in the research or do you already have presumptions with which you would like to support your work?
Formally, references should be submitted on official letterhead paper and contain your referee’s contact details, as well as information on the nature of your relationship. We do not require your references to comment on the project you are proposing. Rather, your references should give us a clear idea of your academic as well as personal skills and standing in class.
Please submit sample chapters and the table of contents of your thesis. In addition, we invite you to submit further pieces of academic writing that you consider representative of your approach and style.
Unfortunately, documents cannot be changed once they have been uploaded. It is, however, always possible to upload new documents with the application form. If you would like to upload new files, please note that you would have to fill in and submit the application form once more. Addionally, make sure to please let us know by mail which of your applications you would like us to process.