STIP: Graduate Study in German at Yale University (15.12.2017)

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The department at Yale has long been considered one of the strongest departments of German in the United States. We welcome applications to our graduate program. Our Director of Graduate Studies, Rüdiger Campe (, will be very glad to help guide you through the process.

While emphasizing the practice and theory of reading and interpretation with a rigorous study of canonical and non-canonical works of German literature and thought, the department encompasses and encourages the intensive study of interdisciplinary fields such as critical theory and philosophy, comparative approaches to poetry and literature, the histories of science and law, social and political thought, performance studies and theater. Film and media studies are a focus in the German/Film&Media program as well as within the department.

In our close-knit intellectual community, the faculty works with each of its students to develop a course of study that combines those elements of German thought and culture that most reflect the individual student’s interests. Our goal is to allow as much freedom as possible while assuring the completion of a degree that will have thoroughly prepared the student for a strong entrance into the profession, academic or otherwise. Our record in placing our graduates has been superb over the years.
We take in a small number of graduate students each year in a competitive selection process. The size of the program assures the high overall quality of our students, the faculty’s commitment to close contact with each of those students during the course of study, and an atmosphere of intellectual collegiality.

The university offers a highly competitive financial support program of six years that includes two initial years of fellowship, two years of teaching fellowships and an additional year of dissertation support. For the sixth year teaching fellowships are guaranteed, provided the Department confirms progress to degree at the end of the fifth year. Students receive summer money, and in addition they are eligible for a wide array of competitive Yale summer fellowships.  Within the framework of our Yale-Baden-Württemberg exchange program, the German Department can send its graduate students to Heidelberg, Tübingen, Freiburg, or Konstanz among other locations for a two-month period during the summer. Students receive a monthly stipend from the host university as well as a generous travel stipend from the Max Kade Foundation. The Department is also a member of the PhD-network with the Humboldt University and maintains an exchange program with the HU German Department. Other forms of cooperation exist with the universities of Munich, Konstanz, Münster, Graz, and others as well as with the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies (ZfL), Berlin.

Beyond the regular academic curriculum and in addition to the yearly series of invited speakers and the Cassirer Lecture & Seminar, the Yale Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures is a major focal point for far-reaching interdisciplinary collaborations. At the faculty level, we regularly organize events and conferences with our affiliated faculty, with other departments, as well as with leading scholars from other universities and institutes.
In addition to these more formal events, Yale and the German Department offer an array of informal settings in which students can collaborate and discuss their work. Reading groups (listed through the Whitney Humanities Center) and the Departmental Colloquium as well as colloquia with visitors and post-docs contribute to the intellectual vibrancy of our department.

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In addition to the general application requirements of the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, applicants should demonstrate a proficiency in German and English prior to admission, and must submit a writing sample of between 20 and 50 pages in length. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2017, but the German faculty will read applications submitted up to January 2, 2018. For information on the application and financial support:

Kirk Wetters

Professor and Chair


Categories: Organization
Keywords: Humanities, STIP