Joint PhD in Transcultural German Studies

By fostering transcultural competence and professional excellence across the Atlantic, the Arizona-Leipzig PhD/DPhil Program offers interdisciplinary doctoral training in two challenging academic environments, while providing intensive mentoring opportunities and comprehensive financial support.

The Arizona-Leipzig Transcultural German Studies Doctoral Program is housed on two campuses, one in Leipzig, Germany and one in Tucson, Arizona. Incoming US-based students complete one year of doctoral coursework at the University of Arizona and a second year at the University of Leipzig,  while financially supported through teaching and research fellowships. Students who begin their doctoral studies in Leipzig pursue their second year of doctoral course work at the University of Arizona, where they teach alongside their US-based colleagues in the German Studies Department. Students complete their third year of coursework at their home institution. 

Prospective students are asked to apply both to the Graduate College as well as to the German Studies Department, via the Director of Graduate Studies. A list of admissions materials can be found under Admissions. Applicants for the PhD in Transcultural German Studies must fulfill the following prerequisites:

  • A Master’s Degree (or Magister) in German, German Studies, German as a Foreign Language, or equivalent field.
  • A high level of competence in English and German (minimum Common European Framework rating of C1).

The handbook below will guide you through the details of the program.


Martina Schwalm

Ph.D. Student

My dissertation considers German exile in Turkey from 1933-1945. The project is an attempt to reach beyond monocultural and monolingual accounts of Turkish German history and literature, and to open up a more nuanced and multiperspectival “history of contact” between German and Turkish modernities. In the meantime, I am also taking Turkish language courses and advanced seminars in Middle Eastern Studies here at the University of Arizona. My other research focuses on literary representations of multilingualism and untranslatability in the works of Ilija Trojanow and Reinhard Jirgl, which is the general topic of my first journal article, in Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Germanistik (2015).