Why study at the IGES?

Our 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 IGES belongs to a dynamic worldwide network of twenty Centres for German and European Studies supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). IGES students network and interact with their counterparts at other DAAD Centres at postgraduate conferences, at summer schools and on study trips. IGES students also have the opportunity to conduct research at other DAAD Centres, and many benefit from DAAD scholarships to carry out research in Germany. IGES funding is available to attend academic conferences and conduct fieldwork.

The IGES has an outstanding track record of successful PhD supervision. Many current and former IGES students have secured research council funding for their doctoral study. IGS graduates are regarded as highly employable by the academic and business communities.

Our team of experienced supervisors will be delighted to help you formulate an application and funding proposal.

Please contact Dr Charlotte Galpin (c.a.galpin@bham.ac.uk) informally to discuss applying to the IGES.

IGES supervisors

Nicholas Martin welcomes applications from prospective postgraduate students keen to research modern German intellectual history and/or the cultural history of war and political violence in twentieth-century Germany.

Charlotte Galpin is particularly interested in the relationship between the media and EU legitimacy and is interested in supervising postgraduate students in the following areas: European identities, European Public Sphere, Euroscepticism and the role of Germany and/or Britain in Europe.

Sara Jones explores how memories of dictatorship are negotiated across borders in political, cultural and social processes. Sara would welcome applications from candidates interested in post-socialism, memory politics (especially of Central and Eastern Europe) and cultural policy under state socialist dictatorships.

Julian Pänke is happy to supervise postgraduate students in the following areas: EU-rope’s external relations, the European Neighbourhood Policy, German foreign policy and Berlin’s role in Europe.

Funding Opportunities

Master’s Studentship at the Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham 

The Institute for German Studies (IGES) at the University of Birmingham invites applications for a Master’s studentship, which carries a stipend of £5,000 towards the cost of fees or maintenance of a Master’s degree focusing on contemporary German Studies.

Other opportunities

College of Arts and Law (Modern Languages)

College of Social Sciences: Postgraduate Studies

College of Social Sciences: Doctoral Research

More scholarships available at the University of Birmingham

German funding; here you can find information on various kinds of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.