The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Toronto is inviting applications to our Graduate Program in German and Yiddish Literature, Culture and Theory.
We will be holding two online information sessions: one this coming Thursday 24 November at 1pm , another on Tuesday 20 December at 4pm Eastern Time. Please join us at
Come with questions if you are interested in working with our research faculty, who are active in diverse topics from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, from Film Theory to Postcolonial Theory and Decolonization; from Critical Theory to Psychoanalysis; from Literature and Science to Environmental Humanities. Professors in the Department share cross-appointments with other cognate units, such as the Cinema Studies Institute, the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, the Centre for Medieval Studies, and the Philosophy Department. Students also have the opportunity to work with our 18 cross-appointed Professors from many different departments and institutes. You can read more about the research specializations of Professors in the Department and how to contact them here. Our programs also offer exciting possibilities to pursue collaborative degrees with the Book History and Print Culture Program, the Centre for Transnational and Diaspora Studies, the Centre for Jewish Studies, or the Women & Gender Studies Institute. Want to see more? Look here.
Funding: Successful Canadian and International applicants to the PhD program are fully funded. Our funding package is guaranteed for five years, while students in their sixth year are eligible for a doctoral completion grant. Many students in our program are successful in obtaining external scholarships, including the Ontario Graduate Fellowship, the Doctoral Scholarship of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Research grants are available through the DAAD-funded Joint Initiative in German and European Studies affiliated with the Munk School of Global Affairs.
We are also able to provide funding to many students in our one-year M.A. program through a combination of teaching opportunities and internal fellowships.
Resources: The University of Toronto library system ranks among the top three across North America, next to Harvard and Yale. The Greater Toronto Area also boasts a wide array of world-class cultural institutions, film festivals such as TIFF, HotDocs, and Images, and an ongoing retinue of guest artists, writers, and scholars recruited for lectures and workshops on campus and throughout the city. Our program benefits from further support and collaboration with the German Consulate and the Goethe-Institut Toronto. T.A. training in foreign language pedagogy is provided by our faculty and through additional workshops regularly hosted with other language and literature departments on campus as well as in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut. Funds are also available for our graduate students to organize conferences in collaboration with graduate programs in German at other Ontario universities.
Apply Now: Applications to the Graduate Program in German and Yiddish Literature, Culture and Theory are submitted through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) online application site.
The complete application includes:
- the online form submission of transcripts
- letters of recommendation (MA:2, PhD:3) a brief resume
- a sample of written work
- a statement of up to 700 words outlining your research interests and reasons for embarking on graduate study
Please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar and the Department’s Graduate Handbook for details on eligibility criteria. Additional information may be obtained from the SGS Graduate Viewbook, the Degree Programs Quick Facts for the MA and Quick Facts for the PhD, and the SGS Application FAQ.
The deadline for online application and payment of the application fee is 15 January 2023.
For further inquiries please contact
Prof. John Noyes
Associate Chair, Germanic Languages & Literatures
Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
University of Toronto 50 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON, M5S 1J4
Tel. +1 (416) 926-2321; Fax -2329