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The Class of Literature invites international students in literary studies to apply for a PhD scholarship starting in winter semester 2021/22. The scholarship is part of the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and provides funding for up to four years:

Requirements for a scholarship:

  • University degree graded above average (Magister Artium, diploma, Master of Arts “with thesis” etc. in one of the subjects related to the program).
  • German and English language skills (if necessary, the DAAD scholarship may include a preparatory German language course).
  • At the time when DAAD receives the nomination letter, the last final exam (Master Degree or equivalent) must have taken place no longer than six years ago.
  • At the time when DAAD receives the nomination letter, applicants must not have resided in Germany for more than 15 months prior to the nomination.

The selection process for a scholarship follows a three-step procedure:

Step 1: Application to the Class of Literature

Step 2: Personal interview at the Class of Literature

Step 3: Nomination to the DAAD and final decision by the DAAD

The application deadline at the Class of Literature is May 2, 2021. Applications may be submitted in German or English. Please use the online application tool on our website and learn more about what to include in your application:

Please note: If you apply for a DAAD scholarship, please inform your referees that we ask them to use the following template for the letter of reference: