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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS)


The BGSS seeks international applicants interested in completing a doctoral degree at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Outstanding academic records, first research experience and a strong dedication to becoming a researcher in the Social Sciences are expected.

Regular members are admitted graduate students who have successfully passed the international BGSS application process. During the three year doctoral program regular members fulfill all milestones of the structured training program, leading them to their doctoral degree. Research stays abroad, participation in conferences or workshops as well as guest lectures are supported.


Minimum Requirements (see detailed information)

  • M.A. degree (120 CP, state accreditation) or equivalent (Magister, Diplom) in Social Sciences (Sociology, Political Science, International Studies).
  • English language proficiency at C1-level or equivalent


Application period


Application Documents (see detailed information)

The application is to be submitted via our online application platform. The following documents are compulsory and need to be uploaded (PDF - not write protected - or JPEG file format only):

  • Mission Statement (500 words maximum)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificate of English Language Ability (TOEFL, IELTS, C-level etc.)
  • Exposé of your doctoral project (5-10 pages)
  • Copies of degrees and certificates (official transcripts, diplomas, including translations into German or English, if necessary)
  • Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the BGSS


For futher information please contact us via bgss (at) cms.hu-berlin.de