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Berlin International College

The Berlin International College of Research and Graduate Training (BIRT) has been established for SCRIPTS to both foster international academic cooperation and to provide early career development underneath a single 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 visiting scholars into an inspiring research community. BIRT also invites senior scholars from the Cluster’s international partner universities across the globe to Berlin.

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

The BGTS is the Graduate School of the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Hertie School of Governance and our other partner institutions in Berlin and also serves as a bridge to our international partners. The BGTS offers a structured 3-year doctoral programme and provides a curriculum with standardized elements for all doctoral researchers encompassing theory, research design, methods, transferable skills classes and workshops as well as university didactics and English academic writing seminars. Furthermore, rotating colloquium sessions give doctoral researchers the opportunity to present and discuss their projects with different Principal Investigators, postdoctoral researchers, and fellow doctoral researchers.

Different specialization tracks corresponding to the respective disciplinary and regional focus can be pursued either at the BGTS itself, at partner institutions, such as the Hertie School, or at the respective cooperating graduate schools. Thus, the affiliated doctoral researcher will participate in selected courses and workshops at the graduate school or programme with which they are associated, such as Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS), the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS), the Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS), and the doctoral programmes in Latin American Studies and Global Intellectual History.

The BGTS builds on the experience and the expertise of the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), which is built on a cooperation between Freie Universität Berlin, WZB Berlin Social Science Center and the Hertie School, which has been integrated into the BGTS from January 2019 onwards.

The International Research College (IRC)

The IRC is the main venue to foster the cooperation between SCRIPTS and its international partners and a hub for postdoctoral fellows and international guest scholars to exchange views and develop ideas relating to the Cluster’s research themes and their projects.

The IRC consists of primarily two schemes. First, a senior visiting scholar programme invites established scholars from all over the world to spend six months to a year at the Cluster. In cooperation with the Research Units, we specifically invite scholars from our partner universities and the global South. Second, the IRC issues an annual call for postdoctoral fellows to spend time at the Cluster and participate in the RU’s research activities.

Affiliation as guest researcher

SCRIPTS welcomes researchers starting from the postdoctoral level with project initiatives that are targeted at excellence funding programmes or funding of their own. Guest researchers who are still in the process of applying for excellence funding can apply for affiliation with the Cluster and gain support in the application process.


Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS) and the International Research College (IRC)
Boltzmannstraße 20, 14197 Berlin
Room EG E225, E225a und E225b