The Doctoral Programme in Governance from Hertie School of Governance starts in early September each year. The candidates will be prepared for their dissertation research by colloquia and common coursework in research design and methods during the first year of the programme. Candidates will find a unique support structure for their independent research in the subsequent years of the programme: Depending on their topics, students are associated with one of the Hertie School’s Research Clusters which bring together faculty, visiting scholars, post-docs, and candidates to discuss their projects and research progress in the stimulating context of the cluster colloquium. The programme is complemented by a set of skills workshops offering special training ranging from research methods to professional development.
The programme is targeted at PhD candidates with a strong foundation in economics, law, political science, sociology, public administration, management or related fields. It offers a stimulating academic environment for students seeking to explore modern governance in an interdisciplinary and international context.
The Doctoral Programme is closely associated with the Hertie School’s Research Clusters. PhD students are linked to one of the clusters and work together with faculty members in the respective area. The three clusters are Political Economy, European Global Governance, and Organisation, Management & Leadership.
From the first year onwards, each PhD candidate works with a doctoral committee which eventually comprises three dissertation advisors who provide intellectual guidance and monitor the candidate’s research progress. The first and main advisor is a Hertie School Core Faculty member. One of the other advisors should be a professor from outside the Hertie School.
The candidate agrees on a work plan with her/his advisor which serves as basis for the advising and supervision process. The work plan serves as a timetable of when to submit parts or chapters of the PhD thesis and as a track record of changes and amendments to earlier versions. The goal is to identify students' strengths and weaknesses and to develop strategies to support them towards completing their work within three years and to prepare them for the next steps of their careers.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
Candidates with an outstanding master’s degree or equivalent in economics, law, political science, sociology, public administration, management or related fields are invited to apply for the Doctoral Programme in Governance.
The Hertie School of Governance does not charge tuition for its doctoral programmes, but seeks to ensure that all admitted candidates have secured the financial means to support the three-year doctoral programme in Berlin:
We therefore ask each candidate to explain their personal circumstances and how they intend to support themselves during the three-year doctoral programme as part of the online application procedure.
Because of the limited number of stipends that we can offer, we strongly recommend that you prepare an application for a third party stipend when you apply to the Doctoral Programme in Governance. (Please note that stipend applications usually need to be submitted 6 months prior to the beginning of the doctoral programme. An offer of admission is often required by the funder.)
Attending conferences, workshops, winter and summer schools or traveling to collect data are important parts of working on a PhD thesis. The Hertie School of Governance is able to provide limited support for such travel.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers stipends to non-German students. The deadline for an application to the DAAD depends on the country of origin.
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