Ph.D. Program in Governance (Germany) Deadline: Jan.31, 2019

The Hertie School of Governance

Application Deadline

Jan. 31, 2019

Program Commencement

September 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The Hertie School of Governance, located in Berlin, is a German private independent graduate school with a right to confer doctoral degrees.  The School offers rigorous academic training and familiarize students with cutting-edge methods in public policy research. They address exceptional candidates committed to research on public policy related research questions. The programs are interdisciplinary, but offer a specialization within economics, law, political science, and sociology. As an international teaching and research center of excellence, the School prepares students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. 

The Ph.D program in Governance is fully funded (10 three-year stipends). The program addresses exceptional candidates committed to research on public policy related research questions. Apart from applicants’ academic performance, references, and overall motivation, a further selection criterion is the thematic fit of the dissertation proposal with the research agenda of the Hertie School and its faculty members (please see the list of potential supervisors) or the research agenda of the Centres of Competence. Students working in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • European Integration
  • International Security (especially Empirical Conflict Studies)
  • Fundamental Rights (especially from comparative perspectives)
  • Sustainability, Climate, and Energy
  • Digital Governance
  • Political Economy and Social Policy

Eligibility/ Requirements

Applicants should have an exceptionally strong master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics, law, political science, sociology, public administration, management, or related fields.

The PhD Board decides if the proposal matches the academic scope of the Doctoral Program in Governance and if core faculty members will be able to supervise the project (pre-screening). Applications that successfully pass the first step will be assessed by two internal reviewers. They identify possible dissertation advisers (based on the candidate’s proposition) and assess the different elements of the application.

More details here. For further queries, contact at +49 (0)30 259 219 -334 or write to phd-applications(at)hertie-school.org

Application Process

A complete application encompasses:

  • Online application form
  • The transcripts and certificates of all acquired university degrees
  • A curriculum vitae
  • An English proficiency proof (TOEFL IBT 100, PBT 600, CBT 250; Cambridge ESOL qualifications CPE C, CAE B; or IELTS overall 7.0 incl. writing score 7.0)
  • A funding statement to explain personal circumstances and funding situation: integrated in the online application (see Funding Process for details)
  • A short letter of motivation (600 words maximum)
  • A research proposal (5000 words maximum) with
    • description, goals, and methods of dissertation project
    • timetable of dissertation project
    • name(s) of potential dissertation advisors from the Hertie School core faculty
  • Two letters of reference (in English language) from scholars at universities or research institutions (sent directly to the PhD Applications Team).

After submitting the application online, each candidate will receive a login and password to check the status of his or her application online.

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