Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies

HumanitiesLanguages and literature

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (FSGS) is a structured doctoral program which was funded through the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments since 2007 to 2019. The Graduate School is part of Freie Universität Berlin and has gained Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as an important cooperating institution in 2012. 

Junior scholars may apply with a research project in literary studies. As of 2018, FSGS awards PhD positions as well as 9-month project grants to develop doctoral projects. PhD candidates completing their research within the Cluster of Excellence 2020 “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” are also members of FSGS.

As particularly well-structured doctoral program at Berlin’s universities, the FSGS has been honored by the Einstein Award for Doctoral Programs 2017.

The Graduate School promotes and supervises theoretically and conceptually outstanding PhD projects in the field of Literary Studies analyzing texts of European and Non-European origin. The Graduate School strives for the advancement of genuine research perspectives of Literary Studies which cross single-language borders and challenge the technologies of globalization, last but not least by locating past and present phenomena of cultural practice within a broad historic horizon.

The languages of instruction are German and English.


The research areas covered by FSGS include:

  • Literature as a textual practice
  • Literatures in a transnational perspective
  • Literature and knowledge
  • Literature, (inter-)mediality, and the arts

Doctoral and postdoctoral students combine comparative text, media and cultural approaches with theoretical questions and identify connections between literary texts and cultural processes. Fields of research include the relationship between literary texts, the interconnections between literary texts and processes of linguistic reasoning, rhetoric and poetics, correlations between literature and other aesthetic media, as well as the mutual interdependence of literature and the discourse of knowledge. Doctoral candidates also take part in activities such as research colloquia with renowned visiting academics, seminars on methodology and literary theory, and courses and workshops in the field of transferable skills.

Prof. Dr Jutta Müller-Tamm Dr Anja Hallacker Freie Universität Berlin

literature, textaul practice, transnational perspective, intermediality

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Jutta Müller-Tamm
Coordinator: Managing Director
Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule
Freie Universität Berlin
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 83856522
Deadlines: November
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Scholarships: Vary