General Information

The formal requirement for an application is a university degree (M.A. or equivalent; the degree must have been obtained before the application deadline) with above average marks in either North American Studies or one of the disciplines represented at the John F. Kennedy Institute (Cultural Studies, Literature, Political Science, History, Sociology, and Economics) or closely related academic programs. The discipline of the intended dissertation must correspond to the discipline of the M.A.-degree, or at least be closely related to it. Further information can be obtained at the Graduate School of North American Studies.

Since all instruction is in English, enrollment in the program requires English language proficiency at an advanced level.

The Graduate School is highly interested in international representation and encourages international doctoral candidates to apply. In order to ensure an equal balance between male and female students, applications by women are particularly encouraged.

Applications for the doctoral program are also possible if you have your own scholarship/funding. Please make a note on the application sheet and provide further details.


Dahlem Research School
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