PhD fellowship in Cognition & Poetics
Application deadline: 15 January 2016

The official announcement is available at this link.

On Nov 17, 2015, at 11:39 AM, Alexander Bergs <> wrote:
Institution/Organization: Osnabrück University
Department: English and American Studies
Level: PhD
Duties: Research, Independent Project Work
Specialty Areas: (Cognitive) Linguistics, Literature, Cognitive Science


The Research Cluster on Cognition and Poetics at Osnabrück University invites applications for one (1) three-year scholarship for a PhD student working in the general field of Cognition and Poetics, starting as early as April 2016. The grant is funded by the Anneliese-Maier Research Award presented to Professor Mark Turner by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is intended to support a PhD student in successfully developing an innovative and interdisciplinary research project in “Cognition and Poetics”, i.e. the borderline area between linguistics, literature/culture/arts and cognitive science.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The scholarship holder is expected to develop an innovative and interdisciplinary research project within the Osnabrück Research Cluster “Cognition and Poetics”.

Research in this Cluster typically seeks to understand how the production and reception of phenomena in linguistics, literature, art, music, and culture interact with the biological processes and socio-cultural protocols of embodied, distributed cognition. The overarching goal is to produce better-grounded, finer-grained, and less figurative explanations of distinctive effects in the individual forms of art.

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee from Linguistics, Literature/Culture and Cognitive Science. Selection criteria include the candidate’s academic preparation and accomplishments to date, academic promise and originality of the project as well as its fit within the Research Cluster focus. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview via Skype.

If accepted, the scholarship holder is expected to take up residence in Osnabrück and enroll in the PhD Program of the Department of Literature and Linguistics ( The scholarship holder will participate in the activities of the Research Cluster, including academic courses on specialized topics in linguistics, literature, and cognitive science and related disciplines. The Cluster also hosts research visits of internationally known researchers from various fields and regular PhD meetings.

The scholarship holder can also benefit from courses offered by the Osnabrück Centre for PhD Studies (ZePrOs), which focus on soft skills (e.g. time management, project management) and expert technical competences (e.g. presentation skills, statistics). In addition, the Research Cluster also supports participation in summer schools, conferences and visits to international partner institutions.

For a total of up to 36 months, scholarship holders will receive a grant of 1300 EUR per month, plus supplementary family and child allowance, if applicable, and may apply on an occasional basis for a total of up to 4500 EUR in additional funding for travel costs and participation at international conferences.


The successful candidate is expected to hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Linguistics, Literature/Culture, or Cognitive Science and to have a research focus in the field of cognition and poetics, broadly construed, and ideally documented in earlier research activities, such as presentations or publications.

How to Apply:

Applicants from within and outside Germany are invited to apply. Interested candidates should send their applications electronically, including:
– their Master’s degree or equivalent (scan);
– a curriculum vitae (CV), including the names and email addresses of at least two senior scholars who are willing to provide letters of reference;
– a brief sketch of the planned dissertation project (no more than 1 page);
– a detailed prospectus for their dissertation project (no more than 5 pages);
– an accompanying letter outlining their motivation for applying at the Research Cluster.

Applicants may contact Professor Alexander Bergs ( before they send in their application in order to check the suitability of the proposed dissertation project.

Application Deadline: 15-January-2016

As a certified family-friendly institution, Osnabrück University is committed to furthering the compatibility between work/studies and family life. Osnabrück University offers comprehensive services that help with arrangements for child care, spousal work opportunities, accommodation and administrative questions. For further particulars, see this link.

Osnabrück University is an equal opportunities employer and will give preference to under-represented groups amongst equally qualified candidates. Women and those with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Mailing Address for Applications:
Please make sure that you include the keywords
“Cognition and Poetics Scholarship”
in your email subject header!

Further contact details:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Bergs, M.A.
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (IfAA)
Fachbereich 7 -Universität Osnabrück
Neuer Graben 40
D-49069 Osnabrück