The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies is an English-speaking cooperative doctoral programme on international relations, offered by Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin), the Hertie School of Governance (Hertie School), and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). With its open approach to international relations at the intersection of political science, economics, history, law, and sociology, the BTS looks at the most exciting changes and debates in an era of globalization and fragmentation.
The BTS provides a distinctive platform for ambitious, innovative, and cutting-edge projects and offers an inspiring environment to undertake theory-driven, methodologically rigorous research. The focus of the programme is on international and regional institutions, with a special emphasis on multilateral and non-state actors. Questions that form the center of our work are related to the legitimacy, authority, and politicization of global governance; regional cooperation and integration including the European Union (EU); and normative interfaces of international politics and international law. Research undertaken at the BTS should be driven by an interest in transnational and international actors as well as a comparative approach to problems and questions related to regional and global governance structures.
The BTS offers young researchers the unique opportunity to collaborate with an exceptional group of international scholars from three diverse and renowned institutions. Our students pursue their research and intellectual growth in an exceptional environment designed to encourage cooperation and stimulate new ideas.