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We welcome new applications for the summer semester 2024!

Doctoral Program „American History – History of the Americas“ (Class of Culture and History, Graduate School Language & Literature Munich)

Please submit applications by 15 December 2023

The American History doctoral program of the Amerika-Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) offers graduate students the opportunity to study major issues in the history, culture, media, politics, and society of the United States, Canada as well as the Americas, including the Caribbean. The program is integrated into the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich as its Class of Culture and History (CoHist). While the class aims to overcome the traditional division between North and Latin America, it foregrounds the study of the U.S. and Canadian experiences. Yet, it seeks to frame the American continents beyond their colonial and nation-state boundaries by situating them as a region of global interdependencies.

Candidates may choose to analyze aspects from the social, cultural, economic and intellectual history of the Americas, as well as foreign and domestic policy issues. They might also concentrate on historically prominent issues such as immigration, multiculturalism, urbanization, gender relations, and constructions of race.

The program is systematically structured and research-oriented, offering doctoral candidates the opportunity to present and discuss their individual research projects in seminars and workshops with guest professors. It offers an ideal environment for doctoral candidates since it provides access to a network of internationally renowned scholars, and is embedded in LMU’s outstanding institutional and research-driven infrastructure. The program does not offer fully-funded PhD positions, however it offers its members the possibility to apply for research related travel grants.

CoHist is designed to accommodate graduate students with national and international MA degrees (graded minimum 2,50 in the German system or equivalent). The deadline for application for the forthcoming winter semester (starting in October 2023) is June 15, 2023.

The following documents are to be submitted to the portal:

  • Certificate of higher education
  • Transcript of records including grades (please include your home university’s grade scale)
  • High school diploma
  • Copy of your graduate thesis
  • CV listing your academic career and a list of publications (if available)
  • Name and address of two university professors for reference
  • Exposé of your dissertation project including projected time, work schedule, and preferred choice of supervisor (up to five pages)

A selection committee of professors will narrow down the list of candidates based on the application documents. All shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview upon which the committee will make a final decision. Candidates will immediately be informed via e-mail of the committee’s decision.

Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the program’s coordinator Dr. Nadine Klopfer: