STIP: The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Penn State offers graduate studies fellowships for Fall 2022 (14.01.2022)

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Application deadline: Jan. 14, 2022.

THE GERMAN PROGRAM AT PENN STATE offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in two concentrations: 1) German literature and culture, and 2) German linguistics and applied linguistics

Dual-Degree Programs in Visual Culture and Language Science

On the cultural track, students have the opportunity to pursue a dual-title doctoral degree in German and Visual Studies. Our faculty teach German culture in a global context. The German PhD is thoroughly interdisciplinary. Students are encouraged to develop their own innovative research agenda by taking courses in comparative literature, art history, philosophy, and women’s studies, among other related programs.

Within the linguistics option, students have the opportunity to work closely with the Center for Language Science and the Program in Linguistics to pursue a dual-title doctoral degree in German and Language Science. Students may work in a variety of sub-fields and can engage in laboratory-based research, classroom-based research, and field work.

Exceptional Faculty

Our internationally-recognized faculty specialize in a broad range of fields. On the linguistics side, the department has strengths in Second Language Acquisition, psycholinguistics, historical phonology, generative/theoretical linguistics, and heritage varieties of German (including Pennsylvania German). On the literature and culture side, our faculty’s strengths range from the Middle Ages to the present with foci on Holocaust studies, architectural aesthetics, the Frankfurt School, Asian-German studies, modernism and the avant-gardes, literatures of migration, new materialism, narratology, film and media studies, as well as modern German history.


Generous Funding and Pedagogical Training

Doctoral students are guaranteed five years of funding, which includes full tuition and a generous stipend. All dissertators are guaranteed a one-semester dissertation fellowship with no teaching responsibilities. In addition, graduate students can participate in our graduate exchange programs in Marburg, Kiel, and Freiburg.

Our supervised teacher-training program combines and carefully balances theory and practice. Students develop foundational knowledge of various theoretical approaches to foreign language instruction in the American educational context, while simultaneously receiving extensive hands-on mentorship in their daily practice as language instructors. This balanced approach prepares students gradually to independently teach courses at various levels of the curriculum, starting with the language sequence and moving to special-topics courses. The pedagogical mentorship program puts a strong emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills regarding the integration of communicative and critical social justice-focused approaches to language teaching at all proficiency levels, in a post-pandemic multimodal teaching world.

Successful Placement of Graduates

We pride ourselves on our success in mentoring students in teaching, writing grant proposals, publication, and preparation for the job market. Our program has one of the highest placement rates in the country. 35% of the students who completed the PhD in the last 15 years secured tenure-track positions, and another 22% secured permanent teaching or research jobs in higher education. Other graduates have gone into administration, government, or the private sector.


Information and Application

For further information about our graduate program see or contact Prof. Samuel Frederick, Director of Graduate Studies,; for questions concerning the application process, please contact William Whitesmith, Academic Program Coordinator,