Institute of German Studies Studentship

Level of study
Postgraduate research masters, Postgraduate taught masters
Subject area
Modern Languages and Cultures, Political Science
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 30/06/2018 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The Institute for German Studies (IGS) at the University of Birmingham is offering a studentship to an outstanding Master’s degree candidate in German Studies. The studentship contributes £5,000 towards the cost of fees or maintenance.

About the Institute: 

  • The IGS's research is multi-disciplinary across the arts and social sciences. It encompasses the culture, history, politics and economics of Germany in its European context
  • The IGS belongs to a dynamic, worldwide network of 21 Centres for German and European Studies supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • IGS students network and interact with their counterparts at other DAAD Centres at postgraduate conferences, at summer schools, and on study trips. IGS students also have the opportunity to conduct research at other DAAD Centres, and many benefit from DAAD scholarships to carry out research in Germany
  • IGS funding is available for students to attend academic conferences and conduct fieldwork
  • The IGS has an outstanding track record of successful postgraduate supervision. Many current and former IGS students have secured research council funding for their doctoral study. IGS graduates are regarded as highly employable by the academic and business communities

Value of Award

The Institute for German Studies studentship provides for a £5,000 stipend, which can be put towards the cost of fees or maintenance of a Master’s degree focusing on contemporary German Studies.

Eligibility Criteria

These awards are open to UK, EU or international applicants pursuing a full-time, campus-based Master's in German Studies. The successful candidate will complete a Master’s degree in one of the following Modern Languages or Political Science programmes, with a dissertation on a contemporary German Studies topic:

Students do not need to have made an application to/be holding a place to study on one of the above programmes in advance of applying for the studentship - the successful candidate can apply to a programme to follow. 

The successful candidate will hold a good BA, or equivalent, in a relevant topic and meet all other entry requirements for entry to our Master’s programmes. Applicants will be expected to possess a good knowledge of German (B2 or above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the organisation of two postgraduate-focused IGS events during the 2018/19 academic year.

The studentship will commence in October 2018 and continue for one year. 

How to Apply

Prospective candidates should send an academic CV and a dissertation outline (each no longer than a side of A4) indicating their fit with the Institute for German Studies to: Dr Nicholas Martin

The deadline for applications is Saturday 30th June 2018. Informal enquiries prior to full applications are welcome.