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Guidance on the online Application Form

Your application for a position as a research associate at the Cluster of Excellence "Temporal Communities" in combination with a PhD program at a Graduate School at Freie Universität Berlin (FSGS or GSNAS) must be submitted through the application platform of the Dahlem Research School. Take the following steps to complete your application:

Tab "Persönliche Angaben" (Personal Information)

Tab "Qualifikationen" (Qualifications)

  • In addition to copies of diplomas, you have to upload a writing sample, such as a chapter of your master's thesis, a journal article or a chapter in an edited collection. Please do not provide term papers as writing samples. 

  • If you have obtained your degree at a university outside of Germany, we will check through ANABIN whether your diploma is recognized in Germany.

  • If you have not yet received your diploma at the time of your application, you can still apply on the condition that you submit your diploma by September 1, 2019. In this case, please upload documents that indicate graduation in due time (transcripts of records, statements by instructors or supervisors).

Tab "Projekt" (Project)

  • Please select the area of study for your PhD under the tab “project”. Possible areas of study are:

    • Comparative Literature (Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft)

    • English and American Studies (Anglistik oder Amerikanistik)

    • Arabic Studies, Iranian Studies or Islamic Studies (Arabistik oder Iranistik oder Islamwissenschaften)

    • German Studies (Germanistik)

    • Global History (Globalgeschichte)

    • Greek or Latin Languages and Literatures (Gräzistik oder Latinistik)

    • Japanology or Sinology (Japanologie oder Sinologie)

    • Art History (Kunstgeschichte)

    • Latin American Studies (Lateinamerikanistik)

    • Romance Languages and Literatures (Romanistik)

    • Theater Studies or Film Studies (Theater- oder Filmwissenschaften)

    • Philosophy (Philosophie)

    • Slavic Studies (Slawistik)

Please note that some of the positions offered in connection have specific requirements with regard to the area of study to be pursued.

  • After selecting your area of study, you can select your desired first supervisor from the ranks of Principal Investigators of the Cluster of Excellence "Temporal Communities". This selection is not final. Therefore, you do not have to obtain confirmation from your desired supervisor, but it can be helpful to contact them in advance.

  • The Supervisory Committee in a structured PhD program has up to three members. In addition to your first supervisor, other professors who are not PIs of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School or the Cluster of Excellence "Temporal Communities" can be part of the committee, as long as they are authorized to conduct doctoral examinations. They should, however, be affiliated with an institution in Berlin or Brandenburg to ensure continuous involvement with the supervision of the project.

Tab "Sprachnachweise" (Proof of Language Proficiency)

  • Certificates of language proficiency can be submitted after the application deadline has passed. If you do not yet have all your certificates in hand, please upload a statement with your application, indicating the existing and expected transcripts and certificates as well as when they will be available. It is expected, however, that applicants have already achieved a basic proficiency when applying.

Tab "Empfehlungsschreiben" (Letters of Recommendation)

  • Please provide the contact details of two referees. These individuals will then receive an e-mail with information as to how to upload their letters of recommendation, as soon as you have completed and saved the relevant section. Ideally, you inform your referees about the process so that they are not surprised by the automatically generated e-mail. If they encounter any problems with the technical side of the process, they can submit their letters of recommendation via mail or as a PDF to the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School (Dr Rebecca Mak, Rebecca.Mak@fu-berlin.de). The deadline for the submission of letters of recommendation is February 28, 2019.