Call for Applications 2011 – PhD Programme Transnational Studies: 8 Doctoral Scholarships

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The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), a joint endeavour of the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), the Hertie School of Governance (HSoG) and the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), announces its next call for applications for its full-time PhD programme. All three are leading institutions in the field of political science and its neighbouring disciplines.

The programme draws upon their faculty, research projects, facilities and services. 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, skills courses and individualized supervision. While the courses and training present an important part of the curriculum, the bulk of the workload for the PhD candidates in the programme will be in the form of independent research for their dissertations.

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.

The BTS provides an interdisciplinary environment and an international network for academic research. Expanding this network is one of our first priorities. The BTS successfully secured funding as part of the programme „International Promovieren in Deutschland“, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The award enables the BTS to offer mobility funds for research trips and conference attendances to its PhD candidates. Furthermore, the graduate students profit from renowned international scholars and from international PhD workshops offered in cooperation with its international partners like the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The online application tool will be available from 1 Dec. 2010. The deadline for applications is 31 Jan. 2011. Promising applicants will be invited to a interview in Berlin taking place at the end of April 2010. Fares and accommodation will be covered by the BTS. Successful candidates will be informed shortly afterwards. Starting date of the programme is September 2011.

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