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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 12/2024: PhD Project Title: Dealing with algorithms and AI in everyday life

Topic Description: Algorithms are involved in many applications and decisions, often without the awareness of the users. This project explores how dealing with algorithms in everyday life is related to algorithm awareness, algorithm literacy, and algorithm acceptance and how these concepts evolve over time. Examples for everyday life algorithm use are engaging with the TikTok algorithm or playing around with ChatGPT. The project could focus on the question whether such everyday interactions effect understanding of algorithms and self-efficacy, and whether effects spill over to algorithm acceptance in other domains. This could be tested across different cultures

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Institute/Section/Subject: Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (Knowledge Media Research Center), Media Psychology

Supervising Professor(s): Prof. Dr. Sonja Utz

About the Supervisor(s): Sonja Utz is a full professor for Communication via Social Media at University of Tübingen. She is head of the Everyday Media Lab at Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien in Tübingen. Sonja Utz holds a PhD in psychology from Catholic University of Eichstätt (1999; Social identification with virtual communities). Before moving to Tübingen, she held positions in Chemnitz, Amsterdam and Leeuwarden. Her research focuses on the effects of social and mobile media use, especially in knowledge related contexts, as well as on human-machine communication. More information on https://www.iwm-tuebingen.de/www/en/sonjautz

Requirements for the application:
Required Degrees: Master or equivalent in Psychology
Language Requirements: English (IELTS 6,5 or TOEFL equivalent)
Notes: none

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.
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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program
The University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Korean nationals from partner Universities wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.

  • Cheju National University
  • Chonbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Hanyang University
  • Korea University
  • Pusan National University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Sookmyung Women's University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University


  • Aims:
    • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Korean universities
    • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Korean universities and research institutions

    Target group:
    Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Korean partner universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Korea at the time of application

    Application Process:
    • June 30: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • between July 4 and 7: round of interviews in English
    • by July 30: Successful applicants will be officially informed and provided letters of admission.
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen

    • How to Apply:
      In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
      • Cover/Motivation letter with the description of academic characteristics that qualify you to complete the PhD project successfully
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts*
      • Proof of proficient English language skills - TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

      *List of required Academic transcripts (including official translation into German or English for documents issued in Korean)
      1) Bachelor’s Degree Award Certificate / Bachelor Gradverleihungsurkunde
      2) Transcript of the subjects and marks / Fächer- und Notenübersicht for your Bachelor’s degree/ für das Bachelorstudium
      3) Master’s Degree Award Certificate / Master-Gradverleihungsurkunde
      4) Transcript of the subjects and marks for your Master’s Degree / Fächer- und Notenübersicht für das Masterstudium


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