Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies

Research Focus

The Schlegel School promotes and supervises theoretically and conceptually outstanding PhD projects with a specifically philological focus. All projects must apply comparative methods to European, American, Arabic or Asian literatures. Focal points are textual and linguistic phenomena; the methods of diachronic and synchronic comparison of languages, literatures, cultures and media; as well as an awareness of the historicity of texts that provides insights into the interrelations between literature and such cultural processes as the generation of meaning, the formation of societies, and the constitution of knowledge.


Arabic, English, German, Dutch, Greek, Latin and Romance Languages and Literatures; Art History, Japanese Studies, North American Studies, Philosophy, Theater and Dance Studies, Film Studies

Program Type and Funding

Graduate School funded by German Excellence Initiative

Partner Institutions

Freie Universität Berlin; Humboldt University, Berlin; Einstein Stiftung Berlin; University of Cambridge; Johns Hopkins University; University of Chicago, Universität Zürich; École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris;


up to 15 doctoral candidates per year

Start of Program

October 1

Application Deadline



German (fluency is a pre-requisite)