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Full-time PhD programme at The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies

3 year full-time PhD programme in Transnational Studies at Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies.

All applicants will be considered for the new intake, starting their studies in September 2012.

News from Nov 29, 2011

The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) is a joint endeavour of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Social Science Research Center Berlin. It offers a rigorous and intense PhD programme for exceptionally-talented graduate students in the field of transnational and international relations, defined as an interdisciplinary field of research encompassing Political Science, History, Economics, Law and adjacent disciplines.

The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) announces its next call for applications for its full-time PhD programme. The three-year English language doctoral programme is designed for exceptionally talented and motivated graduate students. It offers state-of-the-art survey classes, a strong training in research methods and research design, soft skills courses and individualized supervision.

The programme has a strong focus on transnational processes analysed by social science methods. It welcomes applications from political science and adjacent disciplines like economics, history, law, and area studies. Dissertation topics should refer to one of the following three research areas broadly defined:

• The analysis of national and transnational causes and consequences of political, societal and cultural globalisation.

• The challenges to governance in international and transnational settings including issues of politisation and legitimacy, as well as in areas of limited statehood.

• The comparative study of regional cooperation, including the EU.


Starting date for Applications: 1 December, 2011

Deadline for Applications: 1 February, 2012


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