CFA (Graduate Program): Ph.D/M.A. in German Studies (UMass Amherst). Fellowships available (Deadline 15 January 2021)

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Ph.D/M.A. in German Studies (UMass Amherst).

Fellowships available (begin Aug. 24 ,2021)

DEFA/ Exile / Film Studies / German-Jewish /Turkish-German / Yiddish

Deadline 15 January 2021 (Priority)


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We are accepting applications for M.A., Ph.D. and combined M.A./Ph.D. students in German Studies at UMass Amherst, to begin August 24, 2021. Students can receive a multi-year funding package in the form of a TAship (full tuition credit plus health insurance and an annual stipend of approximately USD 23,000). Our research specializations within German Studies include: Film Studies; DEFA/GDR Studies; Exile/Refugee Studies; German-Jewish; Turkish-German; Yiddish.

Apply by January 15, 2021 for priority consideration. Students apply online through the Graduate School at UMass.

The application requirements are: transcripts, a statement of purpose, three recommendations, an academic writing sample of not less than ten pages (in either German or English), and a phone interview. Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.  Please contact the Graduate Program Director, Professor Jonathan Skolnik at, for more information. Note for non-native speakers of English: The Program in German and Scandinavian Studies can offer provisional admission of non-native speakers of English without TOEFL scores; however, final admission into the Graduate School requires submission of TOEFL scores.

Our M.A. and Ph.D. graduates include many prominent scholars and teachers worldwide. See our website for a list of recent placements and recent Ph.D. dissertations.