Doctoral researchers who participate in the training structure of the BGSS International Doctoral Program complete their doctoral degrees in either Sociology or Political Sciences as awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities III of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Members of the program are prepared for careers in social sciences research or related fields.
The promotion of young researchers is centered around the two themes Inclusion and Democracy.
The systematic training program provides individual supervision for researchers and requires members to achieve regular progress milestones throughout their dissertation. Additional extracurricular support is provided by BGSS management. As such, the program fosters the achievement of an optimal outcome for individual projects throughout all stages of the process.
The BGSS maintains a closely knit network of non-university research institutions in Berlin as well as partner universities world-wide.
You can apply until:
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European PhD in Socio-economic and Statistical Studies (SESS.EuroPhD)
European Graduate Network
Bilateral University Cooperations:
Research proposals should relate to the empirical analysis of the following research areas and topics. Cross-cutting topics and methods as well as comparative designs are welcome!Inclusion: Migration, Education, Labor Markets, Social Inequality and Change, and Global Cities
Admission is based on academic excellence and is open to students with a Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences (sociology,political science,and neighboring disciplines such as economics). We expect high-level knowledge of current theoretical debates in the social sciences. Precondition for the application is the documentation of in-depth knowledge of quantitative or qualitative techniques of social research, the commitment to empirical research, and English proficiency at an academic level.
Our faculty of over 30 professors and senior lecturers stands for high supervision standards fixed in a supervision agreement and provides access to research projects and networks: http://www.bgss.hu-berlin.de/people/faculty
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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Admission is based on academic excellence and is open to students with a Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences (sociology,political science,and neighboring disciplines such as economics). We expect high-level knowledge of current heoretical debates in the social sciences. Precondition for the application is the documentation of in-depth knowledge of quantitative or qualitative techniques of social research, the commitment to empirical research, and English proficiency at anacademic level.
The BGSS together with its cooperating partner institutes can award a limited number of doctoral scholarships/ positions and funding of conferences and research stays abroad. BGSS invites candidates to simultaneously apply for outside sources of funding, such as the DAAD, Erasmus Mundus Funding and fellowships from foundations.
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