Application Procedure

The call for applications for doctoral grants (starting date: October 1, 2017) will be announced shortly. If we shall inform you about the start of the application process, please send us an email. Please do NOT submit any applications before the announcement. Thank you.
We are sorry to inform you that we won't be able to advertise any postdoctoral positions for the academic year 2017-18.

The following documents will have to be included:

  1. A completed Application Form.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae in English.
  3. A Statement of Purpose: The Statement of Purpose should be in English, no longer than three pages and provide a clear picture of the applicant’s academic and professional background and interests. It should also describe how the interests and future research plans relate to the research program of the Graduate School and its curriculum.
  4. An Outline of the Dissertation Project: The outline written in English should not exceed 10 pages in length (bibliography included). It should include a short summary of the subject in question (referring to the state of research and highlighting theoretical and empirical debates on the topic as well as deficits in the literature that the dissertation project seeks to address), objectives and methods of the project as well as a short bibliography of recent research in the given field. Please note that only projects related to the field of North American Studies can be considered.
  5. Copies of Earned Degrees: Copies of higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, High School Diploma), copies of university degrees (B.A., M.A.  or equivalent). Please note: The submission of certificates (M.A.) including information about the overall grade is a formal precondition for the consideration of an application. Subsequent submission of certifcates/final grades is not possible. Foreign degree certificates (in languages other than English or German) have to be translated into English or German by a certified and nationally accredited translator. Please note that original certificates will have to be presented to Freie Universität in case of a successful application.
  6. Proof of Language Proficiency: All applicants who are neither native English speakers nor have earned a degree at a university with English as language of instruction are required to submit certification of their English proficiency: minimum TOEFL scores of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) and 100 (internet-based) or equivalent minimum CAE (A and B), CPE (A, B, C) or IELTS (7.0) scores.

    A degree or doctorate in North American Studies or English Language and Literature, earned at a German university is not sufficient as a proof of English language skills. It will be accepted only if the entire curriculum was taught in English (please provide a letter by the respective university's administration office). Also, stays/semesters abroad will not be accepted as a substitute for a language test.

    Foreign students are expected to attain an intermediate level of German by the end of the 3-year program. International students without German proficiency will be offered German language classes at the Dahlem Research School free of charge.

  7. A Writing Sample of 15-20 pages (e.g. an article, seminar paper, or 1-2 chapters from Master/Doctoral thesis). Writing samples are accepted in English and German.
  8. Two Recent Letters of Reference: Letters of reference will be accepted in either English or German. Referees (not applicants!) may send their recommendations via email (signed pdf document) to, via fax to +49-30-838-452868 or via regular mail to Freie Universität Berlin, Graduate School of North American Studies, Lansstraße 5-9, 14195 Berlin, Germany.
We will confirm receipt of your application by e-mail.
Reapplications: Please note that reapplication is only possible on the basis of a thoroughly revised outline of the dissertation project. Reapplications containing an outline which is identical with the previous one will not be taken into consideration.
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