German Studies

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD GERJ Fall December 14, 2021**
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 14, 2021 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions UNC -Dr. Richard Langston (

Duke – Dr. Thomas Pfau ( – Fall Term

Duke – Dr. Sarah Pourciau ( – Spring Term

Graduate Coordinator Valerie Bernhardt (
Address Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
CB# 3160, 426 Dey Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-966-1642
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation Please arrange for three letters of recommendation. You will submit the email address of each recommender when you submit your online application.
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old); please be sure to designate “Institution #5816” when requesting that your official score reports be sent to the Carolina-Duke program.
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements. The pertinent online application section, relating to each requirement, is indicated by [brackets].

Statement of Purpose: In order to help the Admissions Committee assess how well your interests and goals fit with our graduate program, please provide a 1-3 page personal statement.  At the top of your statement please insert a brief description (20 words or fewer) of your specific research interests.  In addition, please discuss your goals in pursuing the Carolina-Duke German Studies Ph.D., your study abroad experience(s) and the trajectory of your academic career thus far. [Statement of Purpose Upload]

Substantial Writing Sample: Please upload a single writing sample of 10-20 pages that represents your very best academic writing. Typically, this will be a copy of a paper submitted as an academic requirement in a humanities course of relevance to German Studies and which makes an interpretive argument supported by evidence from texts or other cultural media. You may submit a sample in either English or German; however, we strongly encourage you to submit a paper in your native language or, if neither English nor German is your native language, in that language of the two over which you exercise the greatest mastery. The goal of the writing sample is to demonstrate your intellectual capabilities, not merely your German language proficiency.[Supplemental Document #1 Upload].

*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered.

**Preference will be given to applications that have been submitted to the UNC Graduate School by December 14, 2021.

Please submit your application (and pay the application fee) by this priority date if at all possible, even if there are delays with your transcripts, recommendation letters, or other materials.