Franzi Schweiger


PhD Handbook

We are now accepting applications for our interdisciplinary Ph.D. in German Studies. Join the intellectual community of our German Studies program and take advantage of intensive and personalized mentoring, student-centered conferences, colloquia and workshops on the beautiful Boulder campus.

For more information, contact the Graduate Associate Chair, or the Graduate Administrator, Karen Hawley ( 

To apply, see Ph.D. Application Information.

What we offer:

  • cross-disciplinary work environment and mentorship
  • 5 years of funding, including stipends and tuition waivers
  • no teaching in the 1st year

What makes CU Boulder different?

Our program offers close mentorship and a vibrant intellectual exchange between students and faculty. Graduate students work closely with leading scholars of modern literature, culture, philosophy, and the arts from the Enlightenment to the present. PhD students are encouraged to conduct interdisciplinary research in German Studies and a secondary concentration (i.e. classics, environmental science, art history, Jewish studies), and they are full members of the innovative cross-disciplinary Consortium for Doctoral Studies in Literatures and Cultures, which offers inter-departmental mentorship and trans-cultural exchange. To see the wide range of subjects covered in the German Program, consult the research and publication profiles of our faculty and graduate students.

What are your advantages?

If accepted into the Ph.D. program, you will work and study with established scholars of German Studies whose fields of expertise include aesthetics, literary criticism and theory, history of science and technology, critical theory, cultural studies, and contemporary art. You will participate in student-centered colloquia, workshops, and the annual Graduate Summer School in German Studies, which brings to Boulder graduate students and scholars from leading German programs. You will join the Consortium for Doctoral Studies in Literatures and Cultures, and you can take advantage of its cross-disciplinary environment, inter-departmental mentorship, workshops, lectures, and conferences. In combination with advising in literature, you might seek advising in law, popular culture, media, and other fields.

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Colorado Boulder is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and part of a lively city that is well known for its quality of life, art and music scene, outdoor activities, and stunning views of the Rockies. All the cultural attractions of the vibrant city of Denver are only 25 miles away.