Thank you for your interest in our German Ph.D. program! The Germanics section of the Graduate Group in Francophone, Italian and Germanic Studies at Penn takes a forward-looking perspective on developments in the field. We provide not only a solid grounding in German-language cultural and literary traditions but, at the same time, vigorously pursue interdisciplinary study informed by the latest methodological and theoretical movements. Our Department has particular strengths in approaches, to race, gender and sexuality, intermediality, history of the material text, German-Jewish studies, translation theory, cinema studies, the environmental humanities, and pedagogy. Our students are trained with an eye to their career objectives. All of our students receive a full five-year fellowship package, which includes guaranteed summer funding and significant mentored teaching experience.
As a prospective graduate student you will want to take many things into consideration as you decide on the best Ph.D. program for you. We invite you to browse our web pages to learn more about our department and our new curriculum. If you're interested, we urge you to contact us. Better still, come and visit. We'd be delighted to show you around Penn, introduce you to students and faculty, and answer your questions in person. Discover what it feels like to study German in a vibrant city at an Ivy League institution that puts you and your future first.
Please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Laura Flippin ( or Graduate Chair, Eva Del Soldato ( with any questions.