Unfortunately the Graduate Program 'Formations of the Global' does not allocate new scholarships. If you are interested in PhD studies at the University of Mannheim please find more information here. Or get in contact with Claudia Brendel (Secretary of the School of Humanities).

Last Scholarship proposal (2012)

The Graduate Program ‘Formations of the Global' in the School of Humanities at the University of Mannheim, Germany, is offering up to three doctoral scholarships (beginning September 1st, 2012; awarded for a maximum of three years). Applicants are expected to write dissertations in one of the following disciplines: Media and Communication Studies, History, Literary and Cultural Studies / Linguistics (with a special focus on English, American and Romance Studies).

Possible dissertation topics:

  • in media and communication studies: transnational forms of journalism, PR, promotion and entertainment; transnational media scandals, media hysteria, media hypes; the role of global media events as focal points of transnational collective identification
  • in history: agents and processes of group formation in historical world relations; economics and ecology; empires and domination; religion and ideology
  • in literary and cultural studies / linguistics: processes of globalization in text, literature and film; global cities and global culture; translational phenomena in global space; linguistic criticism and glocalization

International students with a good working knowledge of German are strongly encouraged to apply. Dissertations can be written in English or German, the language of instruction is German.

Applicants must have successfully completed an M.A. or an equivalent degree by July 2012. Further requirements are an innovative and feasible dissertation project, the fellows' presence in Mannheim as well as participation in the accompanying graduate studies program. Scholarships and allowances are awarded according to the regulations of the Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz (LGFG) of the state of Baden-Württemberg (1.200 Euros per month plus optional allowances depending on individual circumstances).

All application materials (including an application form, a CV, copies of earned degrees, a project proposal of up to ten pages, and two letters of recommendation) must be sent as one pdf to the Chair, Prof. Dr. Claudia Gronemann (, by

August 8, 2012