CFA: PhD Scholarships at the University of Cincinnati for Fall 2022 (Deadline 15 January 2022)

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The Department of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati is pleased to announce that it will offer competitive scholarships for PhD students for the 2022-23 academic year.


Application Deadline: January 15, 2022

The Department of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati specializes in the fields of media and cultural studies. The program offers highly qualified students the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary studies in Film, Media & Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Jewish Studies, and Cultural and Intellectual History within a German Studies framework. We cooperate closely with cognate disciplines in order to foster truly interdisciplinary work.

Our program is project-based and emphasizes experiential learning. The graduate curriculum allows for students to gain practical experience and master skills that can be the springboard for careers both inside and outside of academia. Training in research and teaching remain central to our program, but students also develop skills in curating exhibits, managing events, organizing film screenings, and working with campus and community organizations.

As an internationally-renowned program with a distinguished history in German Studies that stretches back well over a century, we offer our students the ability to study in an environment in which they can work closely with faculty and colleagues on individual research projects and train as university instructors leading undergraduate courses in the department. Recent graduates have gone on to successful careers as university faculty, secondary school teachers, museum curators, and other intellectually-stimulating and fulfilling fields.

UC German has close connections to national and international institutions in order to offer students the opportunity to take part in transatlantic partnerships and build international networks. Our annual Transatlantic Seminar in collaboration with the University of Duisburg-Essen brings students and faculty from both institutions together for an intensive topic-based seminar alternately set in Cincinnati and the Ruhrgebiet. Highly motivated students have the possibility to achieve a dual PhD awarded from both the University of Cincinnati and the Universität Duisburg-Essen

We encourage students to diversify their studies by earning certificates in fields such as Museum Studies, Film & Media Studies, European Studies, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies.

For more information, please consult our website at:


Funding and Application Procedures


Funding: Stipends at the PhD (5 years) level are awarded on an annual basis. These awards include tuition and fees as well as a competitive stipend that accommodates living costs in Cincinnati. Students on stipends typically work as Graduate Teaching Assistants in the department.

Prerequisites for Admission: Successful applicants must hold a BA or MA, Magister or Staatsexamen in German Studies or a related field (e.g. Film and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, History, or other Literary Studies) to apply for the PhD program; a record of academic achievement and advanced language skills in both German and English; a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. If you apply with BA to our program, you will make your MA on your way to the PhD. Based on a successful completion of your MA you will then move on to the PhD.

Application Procedures: Apply online at A complete application includes a Statement of Purpose, a Writing Sample (in English or German, 20 pages max.), three letters of recommendation, official transcripts for post-secondary study, and TOEFL test (for international students for whom English is not their primary language).

Further information can be found at Information about our department here:

Please direct any questions to Prof. Tanja Nusser, Director of Graduate Studies at