The goal of our PhD programme is to help students to unravel the manifold contestations and transformations in economy, politics, and society, in national and international law, over the course of history and across various areas of the globe. We intend to equip them with the intellectual means to meet the normative and analytical challenges associated with these contestations and transformations. A rigorous academic training combined with training in practical and transferable skills embedded in an international network prepare our PhD students for careers in a number of fields.
At the BGTS we constantly strive to provide our PhD candidates with a positive working environment to help them successfully pursue their research. To this end, one of our main priorities is the further development of a strong network with our partner institutions. The BGTS has its headquarters at Freie Universität Berlin where the students' offices will be and where the director and management are located. However, we aim to integrate each PhD candidate into the greater Berlin research community by closely cooperating with partners in the Cluster of Excellence, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the WZB Social Science Center, the Hertie School of Governance and others. Fellows will be affiliated with the institution where they are supervised, but the courses forming the curriculum often also take place at partner institutions. This provides the unique opportunity to experience more than one of Berlin's excellent research institutions and build a large network already at an early stage of the academic career.
Many alumni of our predecessor school, the BTS, successfully pursued an career in academia and work at numerous prestigious universities and think tanks. At the same time, our alumni are also placed in political and governmental institutions, in consulting, and in the civil society sector. Employers include Charles University Prague, Freie Universität Berlin, LMU Munich, Radboud University, University of Gothenburg, University of Oxford, and University of Zurich as well as organisations such as Oxfam America, the European Commission, and the KfW Development Bank.