ANK: PhD Fellowships in German at Washington University in St. Louis (1 January 2021)

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The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University invites applications for its PhD program for the 2021-22 academic year. 


A center of scholarly excellence with an internationally prominent and intellec­tually dynamic faculty, the department offers graduate students the opportunity to develop a wide spectrum of skills in textual and cultural analysis, academic writing, scholarly research, and university-level teaching that will prepare them for a life of intellectual engagement and professional success.


7 Exceptional Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificates / 1 Unique Joint Degree with Comparative Literature

Students in the PhD program in German can choose to earn certificates in:

  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Translation Studies
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Early Modern Studies
  • Higher Education Administration

We also offer a dynamic, one-of-a-kind joint degree in Germanic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, which allows students to combine their research in German literature and culture with deep interdisciplinary knowledge.


Generous Financial Support

All incoming students are given full fellowship support, full tuition remission, and summer funding. Students who enter with a completed MA in German are guaranteed up to five years (and four summers) of full funding, while students who come in with the BA are guaranteed up to six years (and five summers) of full funding. In 2020-2021, the average fellowship amount is $27,313 for 11.5 months and tuition remission is $56,300. (Washington University is ranked 2nd among the top twenty national universities for least expensive off-campus housing by US News and World Report.)


Outstanding Faculty

Our 10 internationally-recognized scholars have expertise in periods from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Our interdisciplinary seminars address topics ranging from medieval narratology to new media theory, from early modern witches to nineteenth-century women writers.


Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring

Our students receive outstanding pedagogical training and participate in a unique program of internships to develop skills teaching literature and culture in both English and German. They have opportunities to teach at all levels of the language program as well as in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Jewish Studies; and Film and Media Studies.


Successful Graduates

Of the 47 students who have completed a PhD in the last 15 years, 57% are faculty in higher education, 9% are employed in university administration, and 28% work in publishing, translation, corporate consulting, nonprofit management, and secondary school teaching. 


Other Departmental Highlights

  • Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature
  • Annual Max Kade Writer-in-Residence and Critic-in-Residence
  • Biennial St. Louis Symposium on German Literature and Culture (since 1972)
  • Internationally Renowned Mike Lützeler Collection of Contemporary German Literature at WU Libraries
  • Graduate student exchanges with Tübingen and Cologne
  • International Writers’ Track in German & Comparative Literature


Information and Application

For more information, please visit or contact the Chair, Professor Erin McGlothlin ( Students interested in applying will need to complete the online application and to submit a statement of purpose, brief writing samples in English and German, three letters of recommendation, university transcripts, and TOEFL scores (for international students). To apply to the program, please go to


Deadline for applications: January 1