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
As we cannot give any feedback on application materials before they have been submitted, we encourage everyone to apply. Please consult the profiles of our faculty members to see whether your research topic suits the research interests of the BGTS faculty members. Please note, however, that, as a general rule, an MBA does not qualify as an academic background in the social sciences. Exceptions may be made, if you have attended social science courses during your MBA. This should be clearly visible in your Transcript of Records.
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.
I have applied to the BGTS in previous years and can’t create an account for a new application. What should I do?
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.
My previous degrees (Bachelor and Master) amount to less than 300 ECTS. Am I still eligible to apply?
I will be finished with my Master’s studies after the end of the application deadline. Am I still eligible to apply?
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 doctoral 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 enrol at the BGTS while awaiting your official degree diploma.
I am a Master’s student at a university in Berlin. May I participate in any of the courses of the BGTS out of interest?
If you want to make changes to your application (i.e. upload a more recent version of your research proposal), you can still do so if you have not submitted your application yet.
Please make sure that your documents are complete and your information is correct before you make a final submission of your application!
When creating a new account to apply to BGTS, in the field asking for qaffiliation, you may choose "Freie Universität Berlin".
The affiliation refers to the institution you are applying to for a PhD, not your current or former institution of study. If you are still unsure, you may also chose "other" at the end of the drop-down list.
In order to find out if your research question is a thematic fit for SCRIPTS, you should familiarize yourself with the research interests of the BGTS core faculty members. You can chose potential supervisors from the list here.
Please note that professors who are not members of the BGTS faculty cannot be chosen as potential supervisors.
Please do not contact potential supervisors before you submit your application! You may identify your supervisors of choice in your written application. The final decision will be taken by the selection committee.