PhD position at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Institution/Organization: Heinrich-Heine-Universität
Department: SFB 991
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


The interdisciplinary research training program SToRE of the Collaborative
Research Center (CRC) 991 “The Structure of Representations in Language,
Cognition, and Science” awards up to three fellowships for up to six months
starting in January 2020 for international graduate/postgraduate students. The
fellowship consists of a monthly stipend of EUR 1,468 (plus child care
allowance where applicable) and an economy class roundtrip flight/train
ticket. Successful applicants will be graduate/postgraduate students enrolled
as a PhD student at a university inside or outside Germany, working on a topic
that is related to the CRC’s research program.

This fellowship is thus intended for PhD students who work on a topic that is
related to the CRC’s core business. Building on Barsalou’s (1992) work, the
CRC assumes that frames are the universal format of human cognition. That is
to say, they are applicable across a wide variety of disciplines, from
psychology to semantics. Cluster A covers the general and foundational issues
related to frames: their grounding, composition and properties. Cluster B
groups together the projects that explore dynamic frames, with event frames
and event modification as a unifying dimension. The C-cluster has operations
on frames as a central aspect, specifically concerning countability, nominal
derivation and modification. The D-projects apply frames beyond their original
boundaries and extend their applicability to a wide variety of fields, such as
information structure and phonology.

Fellows will become members of the graduate training program and will have
access to all courses and workshops. They will be active members of the
research group they applied for. As such, they will be provided with a
workplace and a computer.

In order to apply for the fellowship, applicants should review the different
projects on the CRC’s website (see above) and introduce themselves as well as
their work to Graduate Program coordinator Eva Gentes
( The coordinator will contact the respective
principal investigator and if the principal investigator is willing to sponsor
the application, the candidate will be nominated and invited to submit a full
application. In turn, the nomination will be reviewed by the application

Candidates have to be nominated to the application committee by 1st October
2019. It is advisable that candidates contact the coordinator well in advance.

The fellowship is available only for PhD students.

Application Deadline: 15-Oct-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Dr Eva Gentes
Düsseldorf 40223

Contact Information:
Dr Eva Gentes