The Princeton University Department of German welcomes applications for the PhD Program beginning in Fall 2023.
Long considered a leading program for training Germanists, our graduate program has in recent decades built upon its traditional strengths in literature (from the Middle Ages to the present), literary theory, critical theory, and philosophy by developing further faculty specializations in media studies, film, psychoanalysis, gender studies, systems theory, and the visual arts.
A key member of the intellectual life of Princeton University, the German Department enjoys close ties with other departments on campus including Comparative Literature, Art and Archaeology, History, and the School of Architecture. Beyond Princeton, we enjoy a broad international reach through cooperations with the PhD Net of the Humboldt Universität (“DasWissen der Literatur”).
All graduate students admitted to the program are guaranteed paid tuition and a generous monthly stipend for a minimum of five years (including summers), and students who are in good standing automatically receive a sixth year of funding.
Our program’s combination of intellectual intensity, diversity, and supportiveness have resulted in a placement record unsurpassed in the field.
In our commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all, Princeton’s German Department seeks
to create a climate that is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas and reaches out as widely as possible to attract the best qualified individuals. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, political views, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran status.
Information about applying can be found at: Apply
Brigid Doherty, Director of Graduate Studies