FAQ - BGTS Application
- Certificates and transcripts of your bachelor’s and master’s degree qualifying you for PhD studies in political science, international relations, sociology, economics, law, or related disciplines
- Proof of C1-level English language skills or the equivalent (see specification here)
- An up-to-date CV
- A short letter of motivation (600 words maximum)
- A research proposal (5,000 words maximum) with a timetable for your project
- Two letters of reference from professors at universities or research institutions
Please have your referees send the letters of reference directly to us. They can do so by using the following E-Mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is also possible to mail the letters by post to the following address:
Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS)
Freie Universität Berlin
Ihnestraße 26, D-14195 Berlin
No. Given the high number of applicants we receive each year, it is not possible to receive any feedback on research proposals, other application documents or the quality of previously submitted applications or materials that are planned to be submitted. Therefore, please refrain from contacting faculty members to seek any feedback.
Please try to decrease the size of your application files. You can save the file at a lower quality or use compression software/ websites. Please refrain from sending your documents to us as we can’t upload them for you. Uploading is possible in JPEG, PDF, DOC, or RTF formats with a maximum size of 2 MB per file and 20 MB total.
If your previous studies added up to less than 300 ECTS, for example, if you have done a master’s with 90 ECTS instead of 120 ECTS, you can contact the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) to obtain an expert assessment of whether your degree is comparable with the qualifications of a 120 ECTS master’s degree. More information can be found here.
If you haven’t completed your master’s degree at the time of application, you may still apply, but you must provide official documentation (e.g. academic transcript and official diploma) of your successful completion of a master’s degree before enrolling in the PhD programme.If your official diploma is not ready at the time your application, you are required to send some proof of your academic performance (e.g. a current transcript) instead. Then, please send us a letter from your university as soon as you have completed your master’s degree, confirming the completion of your studies. This letter will allow you to provisionally enroll at the BGTS while awaiting your official degree diploma.