PhD Scholarship in American History 2020 – Germany

Applications are invited for Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in American History at the Graduate School of Language & Literature Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Germany.


With its focus on American History/History of the Americas, the Class of Culture and History offers graduate students the opportunity to study major issues in the history, culture, media, politics, and society of the United States, Canada, and the Americas, including the Caribbean. The PhD scholarship program is integrated into the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich as its Class of Culture and History (CoHist). While the class aims to overcome the traditional division between North and Latin America, it foregrounds the study of the U.S and Canadian experiences. Yet, it seeks to frame the American continents beyond their colonial and nation-state boundaries by situating them as a region of global interdependencies.

The proposed PhD program is systematically structured and research-oriented, offering PhD applicants the opportunity to present and discuss their individual research projects in seminars, student Conferences, and workshops with guest professors. It offers an ideal environment for PhD scholars since it provides access to a network of internationally renowned scholars and is embedded in LMU’s outstanding institutional and research-driven infrastructure. 


Successful applicant will receive the following benefits:

  • 4-year fellowship
  • Monthly scholarship € 1200
  • Travel lump sum depending on the country of origin
  • Eligibility for monthly rent subsidy
  • Annual research allowance of € 460
  • Start in April 2020. If a German language course is needed, the fellowship’s start can be postponed to October 2020.


To be eligible for PhD scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Master degree (or equivalent) in a related field (accomplished within the last six years prior to the fellowship’s start in April 2020; thesis graded with at least „good“)
  • Non-German nationality
  • Residence in Germany not before August 2018
  • English language skills (C1)
  • German language skills (B2). However, candidates less proficient than B2 are eligible for a German language class prior to the fellowship through the German Academic Exchange Service


To apply for PhD Scholarship in American History, an applicant must submit following documents with application:

  • Research project proposal (max. 5 pages)
  • Abstract of your proposal (max. 1 page)
  • Schedule for your project including information about possible stays outside of Germany (i.e. archival and other research trips)
  • Two letters of recommendation (professors/lecturers from your home university), to be sent directly to until Sept. 30, 2019. Please use the following form:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • BA and MA degree certificates with transcripts of records including grades (please include your home university’s grade scale)
  • Documents certifying knowledge of English and German 

Scholarship link

Publish Date:
Institute Name: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Country: Germany
Course Start: April 2020
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