The Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) in co-operation with the Hertie School of Governance (HSoG), and the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) has open positions for PhD Programme in Transnational Studies for the academic year 2012. The PhD programme comprises three years of study, starting in September of each year.

About the School

As a cooperative project of three outstanding scientific institutes and institutions - the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), the Hertie School of Governance (HSoG), and the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) - the BTS constitutes a distinctive platform for ambitious, innovative, and cutting-edge research in transnational and international relations. It situates itself at the intersections of international affairs and comparative area studies, of political science, economics, history, law, and sociology, assuming that this is where the most exciting changes and debates in an era of globalisation and fragmentation take place.

Application Requirements

Admission to the programme is open to graduates of masters' programmes in the social sciences and adjacent fields.

The application requirements for the programme are:
  • An exceptionally strong completed university degree qualifying for PhD studies in political science, international relations, sociology, economics, law or related disciplines
  • Proof of C1-level English language skills or the equivalent
  • An up-to-date CV
  • A short letter of motivation (600 words maximum)
  • A research proposal (5000 words maximum) with timetable of your project
  • Two letters of reference from professors at universities or research institutions
All documents need to be submitted in English. Calls for applications always run from December till the end of January each year.

For further details about the program and application procedure visit the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies.


Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Ihnestr. 26
14195 Berlin

Tel: +49 (0) 30 838 53091
Fax: +49 (0) 30 838 57096


Note, application deadline to the PhD Programme in Transnational Studies, Free University of Berlin, Germany is 31 January, 2012.

Please mention on your application while applying for this scholarship.

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