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PhD Studentships in German Studies: King's College London





In 2022-23, the AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership (LAHP) will award up to 90 studentships for postgraduate research students studying arts and humanities disciplines at King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, School of Advanced Study or University College London. 


These studentships, which cover fees (up to £4,486 for 2021-22) and stipend (£17,560 for 2021-22), are available to ‘home’ and ‘international’ (including EU) applicants. 


Candidates should be aware that the LAHP studentship competition is a twin-track process, and they will need to apply 

a.    for a place of study on their chosen PhD programme at one of the LAHP partner institutions, and 

b.    to LAHP for an AHRC studentship 


The LAHP studentship competition will open for applications on 29 November 2021 and close at 5pm on 28 January 2022. We recommend that students wishing to apply for a LAHP studentship should submit their applications for a place to study on their chosen PhD programme by 15 January 2022. For further information, please see: 



The Department of German at King’s College London seeks well-qualified applicants for PhD projects beginning in October 2022. The German Department at King’s has an exceptionally strong cohort of PhD students and has had considerable success in supporting its students to apply for LAHP funding. The Department offers a vibrant research environment: we offer supervision by scholars of international standing across an unusually wide range of topics, from the medieval and Early Modern periods, through to contemporary culture (especially literature and film), politics and history. The Department runs a lively research seminar, as well as a tailored graduate programme that provides practical and methodological training, alongside opportunities for teaching and outreach work for its students. 


There are three routes for PhD studies in German at King’s:  


1) PhD in German at King’s: Many of our students choose to base their doctoral study mainly in the UK, with the bulk of their time spent on a closely supervised project in the Department of German. Our current research students work in a broad range of fields across German and Austrian Studies including literary studies from the Medieval period to the present day; film and cinema studies; literary and cultural theory; theatre, music and performance studies, and the history of ideas.  


2) Joint-PhD with the Humboldt University, Berlin: This bi-national PhD programme leads to the award of a Joint PhD and provides candidates with the opportunity to divide their PhD study between two prestigious universities in two dynamic capital cities, enjoying full supervision at both. Current research projects include studies on the modernist novel, transnational socialist feminism, monstrous textual strategies in contemporary literature, Holocaust memory in the digital age, transgressive sexuality in medieval literature, creative labour and the financial crisis. 


3) Joint-PhD with the University of Stuttgart: This programme leads to the award of a Joint PhD, and provides candidates with the opportunity to divide their PhD study between two prestigious universities, enjoying full supervision at both, as well as to work in the German Literature Archive at Marbach. Research projects have included the internationalization of satire in Early Modern texts; history, translation and poetics in early 20th C. texts; the international reception of contemporary German bestsellers; the global dissemination of theories of totalitarianism; and the role of journals in the dissemination of poetics. 


Enquiries about PhD study on any of the above programmes are welcomed – please contact Sarah Bowden (sarah.bowden@kcl.ac.uk) as Head of the Department of German, or any potential supervisor, as soon as possible.


Staff profiles, including research interests, can be found on our website here:  





Dr Áine McMurtry

Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies, Faculty of Arts & Humanities

King's College London

tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2167

Quelle der Beschreibung: Information des Anbieters


Literatur aus Deutschland/Österreich/Schweiz, Literaturgeschichtsschreibung (Geschichte; Theorie), Literaturtheorie, Literatur und Kulturwissenschaften/Cultural Studies




King’s College, University of London
Department of German


Datum der Veröffentlichung: 05.11.2021
Letzte Änderung: 05.11.2021