Ph.D. On Campus

American Studies

Heidelberg University

36 months
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The American Studies program at the Heidelberg University supports students with acquiring the skills to conduct independent scholarly research in the fields of American history, politics, literature and culture, geography, and religion.


Key Features

The American Studies program at the Heidelberg University 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.

There are no tuition fees for the Ph.D. in American Studies program. The only fee is the regular semester fee (currently at around 170€) at Heidelberg University.

Please note that each applicant needs to find a supervising professor. The professors on the Ph.D. program faculty page can serve as dissertation supervisors; however, all professors in the relevant fields of study at Heidelberg University, including those not directly affiliated with the HCA, are technically eligible to supervise a dissertation in American Studies. Ph.D. students who aim at a degree in another discipline can also apply to the Ph.D. in American Studies program, as long as their research project is strongly related to the United States.

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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 36 months.

There are currently no tuition fees except forthe regular semester fee at Heidelberg University

Living costs for Heidelberg

922 - 1397 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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