Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Social Sciences - Berlin Graduate School of Social Science

Call for Applications

The Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) is calling for applications to its International Doctoral Program and to its European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies (SESS) starting in October 2015
  • When Nov 15, 2014 12:00 to Dec 22, 2014 11:55
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Research proposals should relate to the empirical analysis of the following research areas and topics. Cross-cutting topics and methods as well as comparative designs are welcome!

Migration, Education, Labor Markets, Social Inequality and Change, and Global Cities

Democratization, Democracy and its Institutions, Constitutionalism and Rule of Law, Individuals and Policies, Civil Society and Social Movements

Admission is based on academic excellence and is open to students with a Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences (sociology, political science, and neighboring disciplines such as economics). We expect high-level knowledge of current theoretical debates in the social sciences. Precondition for the application is the documentation of in-depth knowledge of quantitative or qualitative techniques of social research, the commitment to empirical research, and English proficiency at an academic level.

Applicants who successfully passed the selection procedure need to secure doctoral funding in order to start the program. The BGSS together with its cooperating partner institutes can award a limited number of doctoral scholarships/ positions and funding of conferences and research stays abroad. BGSS invites candidates to simultaneously apply for outside sources of funding, such as the DAAD, Erasmus Mundus Funding and fellowships from foundations.

Membership at the BGSS and its doctoral programs is contingent on the successful completion of the annual curricular milestones.

Please submit your application from November 15 to December 22, 2014 via the BGSS online platforms.

International Doctoral Program:

European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies:

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