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Doctoral Scholarship for International Doctoral Students

Application Deadline: February 21, 2022


4-Year Doctoral Scholarship for International Doctoral Students in North American History/History of the Americas/Transatlantic History (German Academic Exchange Service, Graduate School Scholarship Program) Class of Culture and History, Graduate School Language & Literature Munich, University of Munich (LMU)

City: Munich, Germany 
Application Deadline: February 21, 2022 Start of Program: October 1, 2022

The Graduate School Language & Literature at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany) offers a doctoral fellowship for excellent international students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in North American History/History of the Americas/Transatlantic History. The fellowship is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and its Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP).

The American History doctoral program of the Amerika-Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) offers graduate students the opportunity to study major issues in the history, culture, media, politics, and society of the United States, Canada, and the Americas. It seeks to frame the American continents beyond their colonial and nation-state boundaries by situating them in a transatlantic and global context.

The program is integrated into the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich as its Class of Culture and History (CoHist). It is systematically structured and research-oriented, offering doctoral candidates the opportunity to present and discuss their individual research projects in seminars and workshops with guest professors. It offers an ideal environment for doctoral candidates since it provides access to a network of internationally renowned scholars and is embedded in LMU’s outstanding institutional and research-driven infrastructure.

For more information on the program’s structure please visit:

More information on the Amerika-Institut at LMU can be found here:

The Scholarship Includes:

  • Scholarship payments of € 1200 per month, for up to 4 years
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowance
  • Annual research allowance of up to € 460 depending on country of origin
  • Preparatory German language course in summer 2022
  • Under certain circumstances, grant holders may receive an additional monthly rent subsidy

Application Requirements: 

  • Academic excellence
  • Master degree (or equivalent) in a related field (accomplished within the last six years prior to March 15, 2022; thesis graded with at least “good”) 

  • Non-German nationality 

  • Residence in Germany not longer than 15 months prior to March 15, 2022
  • English language skills (C1) 

  • German language skills (B2). However, candidates less proficient than B2 are eligible for a German language class in Germany through the DAAD, prior to the fellowship

Application Documents (in German or English): 

  • Research project proposal (max. 5 pages excluding bibliography) 

  • Abstract of project proposal (max. 1 page) 

  • Schedule for the doctoral project including information about possible stays outside of Germany 
(i.e. archival and other research trips) 

  • Two letters of recommendation (professors/lecturers from your home university), to be sent 
directly to until February 21, 2022. Please use the following form: or
  • Curriculum vitae 

  • Bachelor and Master degree certificates and transcripts of records including grades (please include
your home university’s grade scale)
  • Documents certifying knowledge of English language skills (C1) and German
if applicable
  • Optional: Letter of motivation 
(max 1 page)

Application Process: 

  • First round: Please send the above documents as one PDF to until February 21, 2022. Professors should send the recommendation forms separately to until February 21, 2022
  • Second round: Interviews (Zoom) at LMU will take place in early March 2022; successful candidates will then be nominated to the DAAD
  • Final round: Final decision by the DAAD based on documents the nominated candidates submit to the DAAD via the DAAD portal until mid-March 2022.

For any questions please do not hesitate to contact the program’s coordinator Dr. Nadine Klopfer:


Doctoral Scholarship for International Students