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Berlin International College of Research and Graduate Training (BIRT)

The BIRT brings together an in­ternational network of researchers and research as well as early career development for young re­searchers under one roof.

As a union between the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS) and the International Research College (IRC), BIRT combines graduate training with the integration of all doctoral researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and international visiting scholars into an inspiring research community.

  • The BIRT Info Brochure (forthcoming)

The Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS)

The BGTS is the Graduate School of SCRIPTS and offers a structured 3-year doctoral programme. The doctoral programme is located at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the Hertie School, and the other partner institutions of SCRIPTS in Berlin.

The BGTS builds on the experience and the expertise of the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS). The BTS was a cooperation of Freie Universität Berlin, WZB Berlin Social Science Center and the Hertie School and was integrated into the BGTS when SCRIPTS was founded in 2019.

The International Research College (IRC)

The IRC is a hub for postdoctoral fellows and international visiting scholars and is the main venue to foster the cooperation between SCRIPTS and its international partners, e.g. through fellowships for visiting scholars from partner universities, joint projects and events.

The IRC consists of primarily two schemes: First, a senior visiting scholar programme that invites established scholars from all over the world to spend six months to a year at SCRIPTS. In this programme, selected scholars contribute to research activities and connect with other members of SCRIPTS. Senior fellow candidates are limited to those extended a nomination from SCRIPTS, as there is no outside call for these fellowships. Second, the IRC issues an annual call for postdoctoral fellows to spend time at SCRIPTS and participate in the RU’s research activities.

Affiliation as a guest researcher

Excellent researchers at all levels of qualification are always welcome to spend a month or more at SCRIPTS for intellectual exchange and global networking. The IRC invites scholars from around the world, especially those from international partner universities and the Global South. The visiting scholar programme aims in particular at supporting early careers. SCRIPTS invites researchers who bring either a project initiative with corresponding funding on their own or a project initiative that is targeted at external funding programmes. Guest researchers who are still in the process of applying for external funding can apply for affiliation with SCRIPTS and gain support in the application process. Fellows are selected in cooperation with the Research Units and with an emphasis on equal opportunities and diversity within SCRIPTS.


The Berlin International College of Research and Graduate Training (BIRT)
Boltzmannstraße 20, 14197 Berlin
Room EG E225, E225a and E225b
Early Career Ombudsperson

SCRIPTS maintains an honorary ombudsperson who provides doctoral researchers and postdoctoral fellows confidential consultation on challenges encountered in research projects, supervision, mentoring, or other issues.

Prof. Dr. Schirin Amir-Moazami