STIP: Ph.D. Program in Germanic Studies, University of Chicago, USA (15.12.2017)

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The Department of Germanic Studies invites applications to its Ph.D. program. Our graduate program is fully integrated within the robustly interdisciplinary culture of the University of Chicago. Special emphases include: philosophy and aesthetics; theater and performance studies; theology and religious studies; systems theory; theory of form; science studies and history of culture; psychoanalysis. Seminars cover German literary and cultural history from the early modern period to the present.

    Special emphasis is placed on graduate training for a diverse employment environment. Our record of job placement both nationally and internationally is very strong. Participation at scholarly conferences in the United States and Europe is outstanding and travel support is available to students for conference participation. Chicago graduate students continue to achieve a high level of publication in important venues. The Department is committed to sustained mentorship.

The Department of Germanic Studies has formal exchanges with the University of Konstanz, the Free University of Berlin, and the University of Leipzig. These cooperative relationships include joint seminars taught by faculty from the partner institutions. Chicago has also become a target institution for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars from Austria, Germany, Slovenia, and Switzerland, adding diverse perspectives to our culture of intellectual exchange.

    Graduate students carve out their intellectual agendas with the advice and support of departmental faculty. Dissertation advisement is often cross-departmental. Especially productive relations exist with the Departments of Philosophy, Cinema and Media Studies, Classics, Musicology, History, and Art History. In addition, graduate students often attend courses in the Committee on Social Thought and the Divinity School. Several students have pursued joint Ph.D. degrees (e.g., German + Cinema and Media Studies, German + Social Thought). Chicago has just introduced an innovative joint Ph.D. graduate program in Theater and Performance Studies under the leadership of Germanic Studies faculty.

    Students accepted for doctoral study receive five years of financial support including tuition and fellowship. Sixth-year dissertation-write-up fellowships are available. Possibilities for post-doctoral teaching employment – bridging graduates’ transition to professorial appointments – are being expansively developed.

    Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Florian Klinger, the Director of Graduate Study ( Please visit the Germanic Studies website at: Application instructions and relevant forms are available at:


Deadline: 15.12.2017


Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Nils Gelker] betreut –