Advertisement of 10 Doctoral Scholarships for 2012

News from Dec 13, 2011

Graduate School of North American Studies

invites applications for

10 Doctoral Grants

The Graduate School of the John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies invites applications for the academic year 2012/2013. Six academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences collaborate in offering a structured curriculum. The doctoral program is interdisciplinary in its approach and focuses on those social transformations impacting the United States and Canada at the beginning of the 21st century. Areas of emphasis include domestic and foreign policy, economic development, 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 doctorate with an emphasis in North American Studies must have a completed degree (Master, M.A. 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 and 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.

Scholarships amount to ca. 1.500 € per month.

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 (completed application form, statement of purpose of 3 pages, outline of dissertation project of 8-10 pages, curriculum vitae, two recent letters of reference, copies of earned degrees, proof of language skills, and a writing sample) must be received by January 31, 2012 at the following address:

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


For further information on application requirements and the graduate program, and for the application form, please see

Please address all inquiries to our Program Assistant:


Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft