CFA (Graduate Program): The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies (Deadline: 14 December 2021)

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The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies
Call for Graduate Applications for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Application Deadline: December 14, 2021

About the Program

CDG combines the strengths and expertise of two leading German Studies faculties at neighboring universities: a public ivy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an elite private, Duke University. One of the leading programs in German Studies in North America, CDG is based on three core pillars:

  • Texts: CDG trains students in the careful interpretation of literature, film, media and theory.
  • Methods: CDG introduces students to a wide variety of methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches including literary theory, philosophy, intellectual history, science studies, Jewish studies, comparative literature, history, music, philosophy, theology, art history and architecture, political science, and women’s and gender studies.
  • History: CDG fosters innovative research based on extensive historical knowledge of German-language literature and culture from the medieval to contemporary periods.

Funding, Course of Study, and Exchange Opportunities

CDG offers a stipend that covers tuition and health insurance for six years of graduate study. Applicants are also considered for prestigious J.B. Duke and Royster Society fellowships. Summer funding for the first four years is available as well.

The CDG course of study begins with two years of courses offered at both universities; a twenty-minute shuttle connects both campuses. Interdisciplinary coursework and graduate certificates can also be taken in allied units like the Program in Literature, the Department Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, History, and Religious Studies, just to name a few. Following the completion of their preliminary exams in year three, doctoral candidates embark on their dissertations. Through close collaboration with faculty advisors, candidates mold their individual research agenda while receiving pre-professional guidance and mentored pedagogical training at both Duke and UNC.

CDG collaborates with the Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and Universität Zürich to provide opportunities for teaching, advanced study and research abroad. Upon completion of the Ph.D., students receive a joint diploma from both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. CDG boasts an impressive roster of successful alumni with jobs in and outside of academia.

Eligibility Requirements

CDG seeks applicants of any nationality with exceptional academic records and intellectual curiosity. Applicants must have advanced proficiency in both German and English (C1 or higher) and have at least a B.A. degree or the international equivalent in German Studies or a related field. For more on how apply, please visit the CDG website.

For further information about CDG and the application process, please contact Professor Richard Langston ( and Professor Thomas Pfau (