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Information for prospective candidates

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Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)
  • We expect students to apply with excellent M.A. exams and a proven record of academic achievement
  • An international background is very welcome, theses can be written in English
  • The field of research needs to correspond to the academic profile of Prof. Biermann
  • All applications should be sent as hard copies to our secretariat
  • Full applications should contain:
    • Letter of interest
    • Research proposal (puzzle, guiding question, main argument, theoretical and methodological approach, timeline, financing options, 5-10 pp.)
    • Curriculum vitae (including all academic degrees with marks so far)
    • M.A. Thesis (electronic version sufficient)
    • Copies of university degrees
    • For non-natives: proof of capacity to draft a book-length academic publication in English (such as TOEFL)

You can find further information in our Guidelines for PhD Students [pdf, 168 kb] de.

Graduate Academy of the University of Jena offers helpful tips and seminars for future PhD candidates.

Useful Links

  • Welcome and Service Desk for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs (Link)
  • Doctoral examination regulations of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Download [pdf, 427 kb] de)
  • Supervision Agreement (Link)
  • Checklist for the submission of a PhD dissertation (DE - Download, EN - Download (EN document for information use only))
  • Lehre Lernen - Workshops and information for first teaching experiences (Link)