International Programmes 2023/2024

DFG – Research Training Group "Family Matters" DFG – Research Training Group "Family Matters"

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München • München

Doctoral degree
Teaching language
  • German
  • English

Participants can choose to write their doctoral theses in German or English.

Full-time / part-time
  • full-time
Programme duration
8 semesters
Summer semester
Additional information on beginning, duration and mode of study

Beginning of contract: 1 April 2024

Duration: Four years

Application deadline

15 November 2023

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

Within the framework of the DFG-supported Research Training Group 2845 "Family Matters – Figures of Allegiance and Release" at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU München), we are inviting applications for

six PhD Positions (TV-L E13, 65%, duration of four years)

to commence 1 April 2024. 

The Research Training Group analyses the literary and media history of family from antiquity to the present. Against the backdrop of the current transformation of traditional family patterns, it aims at investigating modellings of family in literature and media throughout different genres, epochs, cultures, and languages. At the same time, it explores the specific contribution of literature to the constitution of the familial.

Participating disciplines are Comparative Literature; English, American and German Studies; Classics; Scandinavian, Romance and Slavic Studies; Film and Media Studies; and literary Gender Studies.

The languages of communication are German and English.

The research training group offers its members a research environment that stimulates original findings and promises excellent outcomes. Apart from working on their individual research projects, the candidates participate in an additional curriculum (mandatory and optional courses) and are given the opportunity to acquire key skills. International applications are welcome. The LMU München is an equal opportunity employer. The call for applications is explicitly aimed at people of all genders (m/f/d) and strongly encourages applications from female candidates. Disabled candidates with essentially equal qualifications will be given preference.

Additional support is offered by the GraduateCenter.

Course organisation

Studienprogramm (deutsch)

You can find the same overview in English in the PDF file below.

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A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Teaching/work obligations or opportunities

No teaching obligations

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • DFG (e.g. Research Training Groups)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

In general, all students must pay two fees due to the "Studentenwerk":
Basic fee of 75 EUR + additional fee for the "Deutschlandticket"

Costs of living

Living costs (including accommodation and health insurance) in Munich range from 800 to 1,000 EUR per month.

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

Work contract

Additional: LMU Travel Grant, LMU Completion Grant

Academic admission requirements

Application requirements:

  • outstanding MA or comparable degree in one of the disciplines involved
  • a dissertation project within the framework of the research programme
  • an independent, well-organised and self-responsible way of working
  • interest in interdisciplinary cooperation
Language requirements

German: minimum knowledge at B2 level of the European reference guidelines

English: minimum knowledge at B2 level of the European reference guidelines

Application deadline

15 November 2023

Submit application to

Application for the DFG Research Training Group 2845 "Family Matters – Figures of Allegiance and Release" via the application portal of the GraduateCenter (


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Rooms in shared flats are popular on the private market and reasonably priced at 400 to 600 EUR per month if located in central parts of Munich.

Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion
Career advisory service

Career Services

Support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Buddy programme
  • Visa matters
  • Support with registration procedures
General services and support for international students and doctoral candidates

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International Student Guide

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