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American Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #64 (QS) Heidelberg, Germany
The American Studies program at the University of Heidelberg supports students with acquiring the skills to conduct independent scholarly research in the fields of American history, politics, literature and culture, geography, and religion.
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This structured, three-year English-language American Studies program at the University of Heidelberg is open to German and international applicants who wish to earn a research-oriented academic degree.

It offers a modern multidisciplinary curriculum and is particularly committed to building a lively, scientific community of scholars by fostering academic debate and a continuous exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Graduates are awarded either a “Doktor der Philosophie (Dr. phil.)” or a “Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)” degree, according to their choice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • 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.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Heidelberg

  • 922 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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