International Programmes 2021/2022

German-French Graduate School: Conflicts of Cultures / Cultures of Conflict Conflicts of Cultures / Cultures of Conflict

University of Tübingen • Tübingen

DPhil/Dr phil
In cooperation with

University of Aix-Marseille (AMU)

University of Düsseldorf

Teaching language
  • German
  • French

Courses are held in German (50%) and French (50%).

Programme duration
6 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The graduate school facilitates interdisciplinary and bilateral access to research on conflicts. It is based on the assumption that our modern societies have become much more heterogeneous and atomised due to the emergence of new systems of interaction, migration and mobilisation that converge in the phenomenon of globalisation. This process has impacted on our ways of living and hence on our language as well as on literary and artistic production. The study of conflicts, translated into these altered forms of expression, thus requires a new reading of cultural theories and of cultural products. This incorporates for instance the following analysis:

  • conflict in various cultural theories
  • existing French-German conflicts on the level of modern historical events
  • presentation of conflicts in French and German texts and visual culture

PhD projects should ideally contribute to putting an end to totalising concepts of cultures.

Course organisation

The postgraduate studies are organised in an integrated way between Tübingen and Aix-en-Provence/Marseille. This includes reciprocal courses, bilateral assistance for PhD projects, joint publications and conferences as well as research stays in both countries.

The graduate school includes the following elements:

  • research colloquia in Aix-en-Provence/Marseille, Düsseldorf and Tübingen
  • scientific conferences (organised by PhD candidates and participating professors)
  • one three-day workshop per year (organised by PhD candidates)

The Graduate School allows for attainment of a PhD degree from the University of Tübingen, the University of Düsseldorf and the University of Aix-Marseille.

International elements
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

Participants attend elements of the postgraduate studies in Tübingen, Düsseldorf and Aix-en-Provence/Marseille. For research purposes, they may stay at the university that seems most appropriate to them.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • Other (e.g. state level)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Online seminar
Description of e-learning elements

Digital communication plays an important role in our French- German doctoral programme in “Conflicts of Culture – Cultures of Conflict”. Office hours as well as the French-German colloquia that take place on a regular basis can be held in online formats. Over the last year, this new way of online communication has been optimised, and it allows doctoral candidates to be more flexible in their research.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

An administration fee of about 160 EUR

Costs of living

Approx. 850 EUR per month

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

The graduate school is founded partly by the French-German University, which provides doctoral candidates with funds for research at the respective partner institution (600 EUR per month for a maximum of 18 months).

Academic admission requirements

Applicants must hold a Master's degree in one of the following subjects: Romance studies, German language and literature studies, comparative literature studies, history or history of art. Interested graduates of other related subjects will be checked for eligibility.

Degree holders from non-German-/non-French-speaking countries are very welcome.

Applicants are asked to hand in a dossier in French and in German at the respective institution. It will be examined by a mixed commission. Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.

Language requirements

A necessary prerequisite for acceptance to the graduate school is excellent knowledge of the German and French languages. In addition, good English proficiency is required.

Application deadline

15 January

Submit application to

All documents of your application must be submitted to the University of Tübingen and the University of Düsseldorf by 15 January. A dossier in French is also required and must be sent to the Université Aix-Marseille by the same date. Further information and all postal addresses can be found on our homepage (


Accommodation is available through the Student Services Office or on the private market. Rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 250 EUR.

Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Accompanying programme

University of Tübingen

University location