DFG Research Training Group Globalization and Literature. Representations, Transformations,  Interventions
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The Research Training Group invites applications for

  • 7 Doctoral Fellowships

starting in April 2015 for 1,5 years (18 months).

Another year (12 months) or even up to 1,5 years (18 months) of funding might be provided, depending on the extension of the funding period for the Training Group through the German Research Council.

The scholarship amounts to € 1,300 per month; additional funding for travel grants etc. will also be available.

The DFG Research Training Group sets out to examine the function of literature in processes of globalization from a broad historical perspective, ranging from antiquity to the present day. Research interests focus on the question of how literature may be both a product and an active generator or producer of the cultural, economic, and political dynamics, collectively described as globalization. Researchers work in close consultation with a group of supervisors whose fields of competence include literature written in English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and other languages. The study program, including critical theory and theories of globalization, is designed to provide a forum for intense exchange between fellows, professors, and visiting scholars from the fields of both literary studies and social studies. A more detailed account of the research program (in German) can be found at: http://www.grk-globalisierung.lmu.de

Applications (in English or German) are invited from highly-qualified graduate students. Applicants should have a university degree equivalent to Master level in literature, with a G.P.A. above the average. In exceptional cases, admission is possible on the basis of a B.A. (honours). Their research projects should contribute to the thematic focus of the Research Training Group. Therefor, the outline of the research project should make an explicit connection to the research profile of the group. Projects that include the exploration of earlier historical periods are particularly welcome.

Teaching and discussions will be bilingual. Applicants must therefore have an adequate comprehension level of both English and German, and speak at least one of these languages fluently. Please provide some evidence and/or documentation of your language competence.

Applications are submitted via an online platform, where you can upload all the necessary documents (see below) in PDF or JPEG. You can access the application website here.

Required documents for application:

  • outline of the research project (3,000 to 4,000 words)
  • CV, including a detailed description of your academic career (no pre-formated CV, e.g. Europass)
  • transcripts of all school and university diplomas
  • letters of recommendation from two faculty members that give information on your qualifications and academic potential
  • sample chapter of your MA thesis (ca. 4,000 words)
  • list of publications (if applicable)

Deadline for applications: November 1, 2014