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Visiting researcher

The Graduate School of North American Studies offers shorter research stays of up to one year for doctoral candidates pursuing a degree in one of our areas of specialization and whose research pertains to the United States of America and/or Canada. Visiting doctoral researchers have a workspace at our campus in Dahlem and full access to our library facilities. In addition, you are welcome to participate in our seminars, events, and colloquia, like the interdisciplinary roundtable, where GSNAS doctoral candidates present their dissertation-in-progress to their peers.

Visiting doctoral researchers do not receive a stipend from the GSNAS. It may be possible to reimburse travel costs.

Inquiries are open on a rolling basis, and visits can be planned for any time of year. However, we strongly recommend stays take place during the periods when classes are in session (mid-October to mid-February and mid-April to mid-July). Visits of 90 days or less are common.

Interested doctoral students should send an email to visitingresearcher@gsnas.fu-berlin.de. Please include in your email:

  • Your name and home university
  • Your dissertation topic
  • Intended dates of your visit
  • Whether your travel costs will be covered by your home university
  • Whether you require official supervision

Visitors who require supervision from a professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute should also include the following:

  • Your CV
  • An outline of your dissertation or dissertation abstract
  • A letter of motivation
  • The name of a preferred faculty supervisor at the institute (please research the departmental faculty in advance on our website)
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