PhD BGSS International Doctoral Program in Social Sciences

Humboldt University Berlin | Berlin, Germany
The Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences’ (BGSS) mission is to train and promote doctoral researchers from Germany and the world in social sciences. Located within the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, it offers a structured doctoral curriculum and intensive academic supervision. With its strong network of non-university research institutions and international partner universities, the BGSS is Berlin’s regional and international platform for doctoral training in the social sciences.

Description of BGSS International Doctoral Program in Social Sciences

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Doctoral researchers who participate in the training structure of the BGSS International Doctoral Program complete their doctoral degrees in either Sociology or Political Sciences as awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities III of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Members of the program are prepared for careers in social sciences research or related fields.

The promotion of young researchers is centered around the two themes Inclusion and Democracy.

The systematic training program provides individual supervision for researchers and requires members to achieve regular progress milestones throughout their dissertation. Additional extracurricular support is provided by BGSS management. As such, the program fosters the achievement of an optimal outcome for individual projects throughout all stages of the process.

The BGSS maintains a closely knit network of non-university research institutions in Berlin as well as partner universities world-wide.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Please submit your application from November 15 to December 22, 2014 via the BGSS online platform. International Doctoral Program: https://www2.hu-berlin.de/hgs_bewerbung/school/bgss/
Tuition fee
  • Free (EEA)
Start date October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS

European PhD in Socio-economic and Statistical Studies (SESS.EuroPhD)

  • The BGSS is the coordinating institution of the European PhD in Socio-economic and Statistical Studies (SESS.EuroPhD) with a consortium of seven universities (Haifa, ELTE Budapest, Barcelona, La Sapienza Rome, Tampere, Southampton)

European Graduate Network

  • he BGSS is an official member of the European Graduate Network, a network of seven top graduate schools in Europe (EUI, University of Barcelona Pompeu Fabra, Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris, London School of Economics, and Central European University Budapest, SUM)

Bilateral University Cooperations:

  • European University Institute (EUI) Florence
  • Istituto Italiano Di Scienze Umane (SUM)
  • Duke University
  • New York University (NYU)
  • Middle East Technical University, Ankara
  • Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow
  • National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR), Zurich
  • École Normale Supérieur, Cachan
  • King’s College, London
  • University of Sydney

Partner Institutions:

  • Social Sciences Reserach Center Berlin (WZB)
  • German Reserach Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
  • Hertie School of Governance
  • Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies
  • and more: https://www.bgss.hu-berlin.de/researchenvironment
Duration full-time 36 months
Partnership Joint
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Project Type Open
Educational Form Academic

Course Content

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!

Inclusion: Migration, Education, Labor Markets, Social Inequality and Change, and Global Cities
Democracy: Democratization, Democracy and its Institutions, Constitutionalism and Rule of Law, Individuals and Policies, Civil Society and Social Movements

Audience

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.

Lecturers

Our faculty of over 30 professors and senior lecturers stands for high supervision standards fixed in a supervision agreement and provides access to research projects and networks: http://www.bgss.hu-berlin.de/people/faculty

Requirements for BGSS International Doctoral Program in Social Sciences

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 heoretical 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 anacademic level.

Work Experience for BGSS International Doctoral Program in Social Sciences

No work experience is required.

not mandatory

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Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Germany The Humboldt University of Berlin (German Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) is Berlin's oldest university, founded in 1810 as the University of Berlin (Universität zu Berlin) by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, whose university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities.