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The BTS strives to connect its PhD candidates internationally and has built a robust network of prominent scholars and institutions abroad. BTS PhD candidates have the opportunity to undertake extensive field research and travel to renowned international conferences.

Field research abroad and participation in international conferences are two important elements of our internationalisation endeavours. Thus, the BTS supports its PhD candidates in applying for external field research funding. In addition, we welcome scholars from international partner institutions for training both in general skill areas like research methods and academic writing and on topics directly related to their research. We also regularly organise workshops in Germany and Israel to give PhD candidates the opportunity to present their research and engage in lively discussions with leading global scholars.

The BTS participates in the European Training Network “The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union” (PLATO) in cooperation with universities in Antwerp, Berlin, Cambridge, Krakow, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Twente, and Vienna. PLATO is a European training network of leading research universities and professionals from the policy advice, consulting, and civil society sectors and investigates the legitimacy of the EU’s responses to the financial crisis. It will use the example of the financial crisis to build and test theory of what would amount to a legitimacy crisis in the case of a multi-state, non-state political system such as the EU. PLATO offers an intensive and demanding programme of academic training as well as training in a range of professional skills, work experience from relevant sectors, and individual career planning.

The BTS also cooperates with the China Scholarship Council and benefits from the extensive network of partner universities of Freie Universität Berlin. Partner universities of Freie Universität are located in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania.

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