This structured, three-year English-language program is open to German and international applicants who wish to earn a research-oriented academic degree.
The Ph.D. program aids students in acquiring the skills to conduct independent scholarly research in the fields of American history, politics, geography, religion, literature, and culture.
This program offers a modern multidisciplinary curriculum. It is committed to building a true community of scholars by fostering academic debate.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
In the first year of the program, students are expected to take one class on theories and issues, one class on academic writing as well as a class on presentation and media skills. While enrolled, students are obliged to attend the Ph.D. Colloquium (from which they can be exempted when on research trips). In addition, regular progress reports and consultation with supervisors form an integral part of the Ph.D. program.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
Unlike Ph.D. programs in the United States, this program does not include a preliminary phase ending with a preliminary or comprehensive exam. This means that no automatic master’s degree will be awarded and that students will not have time to develop their dissertation topics while enrolled in the program. Instead, admission to the Heidelberg Ph.D. program in American Studies requires a well developed and advanced concept of a research project.
To apply successfully, a candidate needs to fulfill the general entrance requirements and present a meaningful proposal. The proposal should
outline the guiding questions of the dissertation project while embedding them in current academic debates,
show that the dissertation will make an original and important contribution to a particular field of research,
list the source materials that will be used,
and provide a realistic timetable for the completion of the project.
Applicants need a letter of intent from a professor at Heidelberg University stating his/her willingness to supervise the research project, and two letters of recommendation that not only assess the applicant’s academic qualifications but also evaluate the proposed dissertation project.
The only fee is the regular semester fee (currently at 142,30 Euro) at Heidelberg University
If available, Ph.D. scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. All candidates admitted to the respective cohort are eligible.
Be sure to take advantage of faculty and staff who can advise you individually as you pursue various grants and fellowships throughout your years at the HCA. They can also advise you about outside funding opportunities.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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