The Hertie School of Governance Doctoral Program is a prestigious academic offering designed for individuals pursuing advanced studies in governance-related fields. Based in Berlin, Germany, the Hertie School is renowned for its excellence in public policy, international affairs, and governance studies.
Embark on an academic journey or dive into research-based public policy with the Hertie School of Governance’s Doctoral Programme. This program welcomes individuals with outstanding master’s degrees in disciplines like economics, law, political science, sociology, public administration, management, or related fields. Beginning each September, approximately 10 PhD students commence their doctoral studies.
The Doctoral Programme in Governance positions students at the forefront of social science expertise, focusing on a field that stands as a vital and dynamic area of exploration. This program integrates insights from economics, political science, law, and sociology, necessitating proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Centered on problem-solving, it addresses theoretical and practical challenges. Governance as a field is inherently comparative, global in scope, and deeply connected to policymaking.
The doctoral program is tailored for highly motivated individuals seeking to conduct cutting-edge research in areas such as public policy, political science, economics, law, and related disciplines. It emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to governance challenges, providing a comprehensive platform for scholars to explore pressing issues in governance and public policy.
Doctoral candidates at the Hertie School engage in rigorous research and academic inquiry under the guidance of experienced faculty members who are leading experts in their respective fields. The program encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research methodologies, allowing candidates to delve deep into their areas of interest while drawing from a diverse range of academic disciplines.
The Hertie School’s Doctoral Program typically offers a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment for doctoral candidates. Students benefit from close supervision, seminars, workshops, and opportunities for academic exchange, fostering a vibrant scholarly community that encourages critical thinking and academic excellence.
Additionally, the program often incorporates opportunities for doctoral candidates to collaborate with leading research institutions, participate in international conferences, and gain practical experience through internships or research projects with public and private sector organizations.
By offering a comprehensive and dynamic academic experience, the Hertie School of Governance Doctoral Program equips scholars with the expertise, skills, and networks necessary to become influential researchers and practitioners in the field of governance, contributing valuable insights and solutions to complex societal challenges.
The Hertie School does not charge tuition fees for its doctoral programmes. Each year we offer eight competitive three-year stipends of 1450 euros per month plus a monthly health insurance contribution of up to 200 euros.
Explore our PhD programmes
- Disciplinary training and close supervision
- Academic excellence and advanced skills training in an international and multidisciplinary setting
- State-of-the-art research and methods to tackle today’s challenges
- A vibrant, close-knit and diverse academic community
- Engage with leading scholars and practitioners in Berlin, Europe and around the globe
- Academic careers in leading international universities, or research careers in international organisations
Requirements For The Hertie School Of Governance Doctoral Program
- The programme is designed for students with a desire to understand fundamental problems and patterns of governance at the highest level of academic research.
- Candidates should have a very strong foundation in one of the disciplines represented at the Hertie School of Governance – economics, law, political science, sociology as well as public administration/management and related fields.
- They should be open to interdisciplinary research and comparative perspectives, as governance and public policy issues typically transcend the boundaries of academic disciplines.
Applications that successfully passed the first step will be assessed by two internal reviewers. They identify possible dissertation advisors (based on the candidate’s proposition) and assess the different elements of the application:
- Quality and fit of research proposal
- Academic performance and references
- CV and motivation letter
Method of Application
Application Deadline: February 1, 2024.
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