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Westfälische Wilhelms-University of Münster DAAD Doctoral Scholarships in Germany, 2021

Westfälische Wilhelms-University of Münster DAAD Doctoral Scholarships in Germany, 2021

In cooperation with the DAAD, the Department of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms- University in Munster is offering two scholarships for interested and qualified international doctoral candidates in the area of literary studies starting October 1st, 2021.

Each DAAD award in this programme comprises funding for up to three years or up to four years for applicants coming from developing or emerging countries. The aim of this application is to promote higher education and science increasingly in the area of development cooperation.



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Founded in 1780, the WWU Münster is one of the fifth largest universities situated in Münster, Germany. It offers a wide range of PhD programmes as well as postgraduate courses and an excellent research environment for visiting scholars from abroad.

Why at the Westfälische Wilhelms- University of Münster? In this university students will gain various opportunities to prepare for careers in academic and non-academic contexts.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Westfälische Wilhelms- University of Münster
  • Department: Department of Philology
  • Course Level: PhD degree program
  • Award: Funding for four years
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: Not Known
  • Nationality: International candidates
  • The award can be taken in: Germany
  •  Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Language: English


  • Eligible Countries: All international candidates are eligible to apply for the opportunity .
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: The studentships are awarded in the area of literary studies. Participating areas of study: English/American Studies, Arabic/Islamic Studies, Baltic Studies, Book Studies, German Studies, Comparative Studies, Latin Philology/Studies, Neo- and Medieval Latin Studies, Dutch Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Romance Studies (Main Areas: French, Spanish, and Italian Literature), Sinology, Slavonic Studies. The program revolves around three main subject areas: Literature and Society, Theories of Literature, and Putting the Study of Literature into Practice.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The grant is open for those students who hold a master’s degree (i.e. taken their last final exam) no more than six years prior to the time when the DAAD receives the nomination letter.

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How to Apply

  • How to Apply: To apply for the opportunity , applicants must have to take admission in a PhD research program at the university. After taken admission, applications to the GSPoL should be submitted in written form (via email as a single PDF file) and include the required materials.
  • Supporting Documents: The applicants need to submit the curriculum vitae (without photograph), letter of motivation stating the reasons for the application to the GSPoL, proof that the applicant has completed a master’s degree (usually in literary studies) with a final grade of “gut” (2.0) (according to § 5 (1) of the GSPoL study regulations), proof of German, English and, possibly, additional foreign language skills according to § 5 (2) of the GSPoL study regulations, brief (approx. half-page) abstract of the PhD project, project proposal of about 10 pages in length, including a title, table of con-tents, detailed outline (of the topic; its originality and significance; aims and methodology), as well as a bibliography, and timeline including optional stays/studies abroad of up to one year in total (= 25% of the duration of the program), which may not be scheduled at the beginning of the programme, and two letters of reference. Referees should use this form.
  • Admission Requirements: For admission at the university, candidates must have the Master’s/Magister/Staatsexamen degree (usually in literary studies) with a minimum grade of “gut” (2.0). Applicants must have received their Master’s degree.
  • Language Requirement: All applicants must have to meet the English language requirements additional foreign language skills according to § 5 (2) of the GSPoL study regulations. Very good German language skills are recommended, as the courses at the GSPoL are taught in German.
  • The Benefit: Each scholarship provides funding for four years to the successful scholars.

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