The Princeton University Department of German welcomes applications for PhD students beginning in Fall 2018. Long considered a leading program for training Germanists, our graduate program and has in recent decades built upon its traditional strengths in literature from the medieval 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 contributor to the intellectual life of Princeton University, the German Department enjoys close ties with many other departments on campus including Comparative Literature, Art and Archaeology, History, the History of Science and the School of Architecture.
Beyond Princeton, we enjoy a broad international reach through cooperations with the PhD Net of the Humboldt Universität (“Das Wissen der Literatur”), the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies (a collaboration with the IKKM, Bauhaus Universität Weimar), and the Princeton-Oxford Research Collaboration on Walter Benjamin. Our permanent faculty also provide our PhD students with the opportunity for regular exchange with the Humboldt Universität in Berlin and the Ludwig-Maximillian Universität in Munich.
All graduate students admitted to the program are guaranteed paid tuition and a generous 12-month stipend for a minimum of five years; financial support is regularly extended to include a sixth year for dissertation completion. The department also makes available funds to support scholarly research and participation at conferences. During their time at Princeton graduate students are expected to teach one year of German, for which they receive extensive pedagogical training and supervision; students are also given the opportunity to gain additional teaching experience in the remainder of the language sequence and in advanced courses in German culture.
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 in order 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. Underrepresented students will be eligible for additional scholarships.
Our program’s combination of intellectual intensity, diversity and supportiveness has resulted in one of the best job placement records in the field. The German Department’s commitment to its graduate students continues after conferral of the PhD, whether the graduate enters into academia or chooses a different career path.
If you are interested in applying to the program or have any questions, please contact Devin Fore, Director of Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the German Department’s website (german.princeton.edu).