Prospective Students - How to Apply?

Why should you become a PhD candidate at the RuhrCenter?

  • To pursue a structured and supervised PhD in American Studies
  • To attend courses taught by an interdisciplinary faculty
  • To benefit from the synergy of specialists working not only in American literature, culture, and media, but also in North American history and urban studies
  • To work with Fulbright, DAAD, or distinguished visiting scholars from the U.S. and Europe
  • To collaborate with professors from related areas
  • To teach undergraduate courses in your area of expertise
  • To organize conferences and be involved in editorial work
  • To exchange your ideas with a diverse international group of young researchers. Our current doctoral students come from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, and the USA
  • To be inspired by the post-industrial heritage and transnational fabric of the rapidly transforming Ruhr Area, Europe’s largest metropolitan region

Admission Requirements

  • MA (or Magister) in American Studies or English and American Studies, or History with a focus on U.S. History, or closely related fields, with an average grade of at least "Gut" on the German Grading scale.
  • Dissertation project in Transatlantic and Transnational American Studies.

How To Apply

Please submit hard copies and an electronic version of the following documents to the chair person of the program (see "Board" at the left side of this frame):

  • A letter of application in English providing information about qualification, motivation, academic interest
  • A short outline of the planned dissertation project (2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of all relevant university and high school diplomas as well as academic transcripts of university coursework
  • A copy of the complete Master's thesis
  • A letter of recommendation from a senior professor of the institution at which the Master's degree was awarded
  • Proof of proficiency in English on the level C12 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (English language skills comparable to the German "Abitur" level)

Application Deadline

  • Winter term: June 1st
  • Summer term: December 1st

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