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Current call of the Graduate School of North American Studies

10 Doctoral Grants. Deadline is January 31, 2014

News from Nov 19, 2013

The Graduate School of the John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies invites applications for the academic year 2014/2015. The School's program is interdisciplinary in its approach and focuses on the social, economic and cultural changes impacting the United States and Canada at the beginning of the 21st century. Special attention is given to the crisis-prone transformations running through American society today. Areas of emphasis include domestic and foreign policy, economic evelopment, ethnic identity and relations, as well as recent transformations in media, art, literature, culture, and religion.

The language of instruction is English.

Applicants interested in pursuing a doctoral dissertation with an emphasis in North American Studies must have a completed degree (Master or the equivalent) with above average marks in one of the following disciplines or closely related academic programs:

  • American Cultural Studies
  • American Literature
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Economics

Grants are awarded for a maximum of three years. Continued funding past the first year is based upon a positive annual evaluation of progress. 

Doctoral scholarships amount to 1.468 € per month.

Additional funds for equipment and travelling are provided.

It is also possible to apply for admission to the program independently from applying for a stipend. Guest students are welcome to stay for a period of up to one year. Guest students must be self-supporting.

All application materials must be sent by January 31, 2014 at the following address:

Freie Universität Berlin
John F. Kennedy Institute
Graduate School of North American Studies
Dr. Katja Mertin
Lansstrasse 5-9
14195 Berlin, Germany

Or via email to (one pdf file)

Further information on application requirements and materials, the application form and on the graduate program can be obtained here
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