Call for Applications - Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies
Call for applications for the PhD programme at the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies.
The BGTS offers four plus one funded positions as Doctoral Researchers (E13 TV-L, 65%; E13 TVöD, 75%).
The application platform is open: https://www.drs.fu-berlin.de/user/register
Find out more about the programme here.
Start of the Graduate Program: September 1, 2023
News from Feb 06, 2023
The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)” is a research consortium that analyses the contemporary controversies about the model of liberal democracy and the market economy. The term “liberal script” relates to a set of ideas and institutional prescriptions about how society is organised based on the core principles of individual and collective self-determination. The main purpose of SCRIPTS is to describe and explain why the liberal script is being challenged and deeply contested despite its political, economic, and social achievements.
SCRIPTS has been operating since 2019 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) until the end of 2025 as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German Government and the Federal States. The Cluster is hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin and unites eight major Berlin-based research institutes. Cluster research teams are made up of doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and professors from social, political, and area studies. SCRIPTS is well connected with research institutes and knowledge exchange partners throughout the world, including political and cultural organisations, as well as civil society actors. In addition, SCRIPTS brings renowned visiting scholars from all over the world to Berlin.
About the BGTS
The Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS) is the full-time PhD programme of the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS). The BGTS offers a rigorous and dynamic English-language PhD programme for exceptionally talented and motivated graduate students in the field of global and transregional studies, bringing together a broad spectrum of disciplines and methodological approaches.
For its 2023 cohort of doctoral researchers, BGTS offers four funded positions (TV-L E13, 65%). One additional position is offered by the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BASE) in cooperation with the BGTS (TVöD E13, 75%).
Applications for the doctoral programme by persons who have secured or applied for third-party funding (e.g. scholarships by the DAAD or other foundations) are also encouraged.
The selection is carried out on the basis of the SCRIPTS DIVERSITY RULES & GUIDELINES.
The PhD researchers are expected to conduct independent research and to write a doctoral thesis. The successful candidates will be supervised by a senior scholar at the BGTS, depending on the proposal. Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the research interests of BGTS faculty members and indicate one or several potential supervisors in their application.
Master’s degree, qualifying for PhD studies in the social sciences, history, economics, law, or area studies
proof of C1-level English language skills or the equivalent
most recent CV
letter of motivation (600 words maximum)
research proposal (5,000 words maximum) with a timeline for your project
two letters of reference from professors at universities or research institutions.