The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies of the University of Basel calls for applications for two one-year start-up grants of CHF 30,000 (beginning April 1, 2023). These grants are designed to support promising junior researchers in developing a PhD project to apply for follow-up funding.
The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies
The international, interphilological Doctoral Program in Literary Studies at the University of Basel offers doctoral students excellent conditions for writing their dissertations in literary studies and closely related fields. Selected seminars, regular doctoral colloquia, as well as retreats and study days provide numerous opportunities to exchange ideas with other doctoral students, receive feedback on the work in progress, and acquire the skills necessary for an academic career. The Doctoral Program also supports its members with contributions to conferences, research trips, and archival travel and financial support for their own events.
The Doctoral Program is part of the Department of Languages and Literatures, which unites the following philologies: Anglophone Studies, German Studies, French Studies, Ibero-Romance Studies, Italian Studies, Nordic Studies, Slavic Studies, and Eastern European Studies. The Doctoral Program's research foci include literary and cultural theory, the history of literary forms, arts and media, forms of knowledge, and cultural practice. Currently, the Doctoral Program has a membership about 40 doctoral students, half of which with an international background.
The Start-Up Grant
The one-year start-up grant (application deadline: December 4, 2022; start date: April 1, 2023) is intended to contribute to living expenses during the elaboration phase of a dissertation project in literary studies. The aim of the start-up grant is to prepare and submit a competitive application for follow-up funding or for project employment to the appropriate institutions within six months, in order to then seamlessly continue the dissertation within the framework of third-party funding. The start-up grant of CHF 30,000 will be paid in two half-yearly tranches of CHF 15,000 each (with evaluation).
You have an outstanding MA degree (or equivalent) in one of the philologies represented at the Department of Languages and Literatures or in a related field. You have already thought in depth about a dissertation project that will make a significant contribution to your field, and you want to become an active member of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies.