STIP: MA/PhD in Germanic Studies in Canada at UBC (31.01.2021)

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Dear Colleagues,


Our application is now open at The deadline is January 31, 2021 for both Canadian and international applicants. We will also consider applications by international students that indicate a later relocation to Vancouver, due to Covid-19. Once admitted, travel support letters may be issued if needed.


Interdisciplinary Program Strengths

The Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies (CENES) at UBC offers pathways of study to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Our flexible graduate programs allow students to study a wide range of subjects within the field of Germanic Studies. The M.A. can be a standalone credential or preparation for doctoral study in various fields. The Ph.D. focuses on the development of expertise rooted in interdisciplinary research and teaching within Germanic Studies. Our course offerings include approaches from historical, cultural, media, performance, and queer/gender/sexuality studies and move beyond a traditional epoch-based mode of disciplinary engagement.


The department’s faculty members represent a broad range of perspectives on and approaches to our interdisciplinary field. Highly active in their research and engaged with international scholarly discussions, our professors are eager to provide supervision and mentorship to interested graduate students in areas ranging from literary and cultural studies, to cinema and media studies, queer studies, second language acquisition, and the digital humanities and many more. Pursuing graduate work in Germanic Studies at UBC means being in close vicinity to other exciting departments and programs to which our faculty and students have ties. These other units include the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, the Institute for European Studies, Media Studies, Language Sciences, Science and Technology Studies, the Migration Cluster, Medieval Studies, the Department of History, the School of Information, and Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library.


Mentorship, Guidance, and Professional Development

Our graduate students receive support to conduct research and present their work through grants and awards for travel to archives and conferences. For example, graduate students in Germanic Studies regularly present at the annual conferences of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and the German Studies Association (GSA).


Professional development and mentorship are cornerstones of the graduate program. Graduate students are encouraged to think holistically about their professional trajectory, and they receive extensive support from our faculty and other resources at UBC. Within the program this includes thinking broadly about the applicability of skills gained during the M.A. and Ph.D. programs.


Funding and Financial Aid

Our department is committed to providing sustainable funding to graduate students to support them in their studies. These are guaranteed for two years for M.A. students and four years for Ph.D. students. It is customary in our department to also provide funding for fifth-year Ph.D. students. Although UBC’s minimum funding for doctoral students is $18,200 per year, our Ph.D. funding packages are usually at least $30,000 per year. These packages are made of stipends, teaching and research assistantships, scholarships, and international tuition awards.


UBC and Vancouver

The University of British Columbia is a world-class research university in a beautiful and vibrant city. Located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, UBC is one of the world’s great public universities, encouraging bold thinking, curiosity and initiative, so our students can realize their greatest potential. We hold a reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning, supported by world-class faculty, students and research facilities across all major academic disciplines. The Faculty of Arts educations more than 13,000 students in programs across 15 departments, 4 institutes, and many interdisciplinary programs. The Faculty includes the Museum of Anthropology, the Belkin Art Gallery, and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities across the Faculty in order to realize the greatest potential of their graduate studies.


Admissions and More information

Students can find more information about our programs and the admissions process here: Also check out “Why Grad School at UBC?”.


If you have questions about our graduate programs, please feel free to contact me by email (below). Thank you in advance for forwarding this message to any interested students you may know.


Best wishes,

Markus Hallensleben

Associate Professor and Acting Graduate Advisor

Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies