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Call for Applications for two PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers)

The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) invites applications for two PhD projects within the Innovative Training Network "The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union" (PLATO):

  • Legitimacy Crisis and Core State Powers (BTS-PLATO-ESR1)
  • Legitimacy Crisis and Interface Mechanisms between the EU and its Member States (BTS-PLATO-ESR4)

PLATO is an EU-funded PhD network. It unites nine university partners across Europe in recruiting a group of 15 excellent young researchers to do a common multi-disciplinary investigation of the EU's post-crisis legitimacy, together with leading senior researchers.

PLATO will be a fully integrated, thematic research school with its own research question. The aim is to go beyond the state-of the-art by building a theory of legitimacy crisis in the EU from a uniquely interdisciplinary understanding of how democracy, power, law, economies and societies fit together with institutions within and beyond the state to affect the legitimacy of contemporary political order.

For further information please refer to PLATO's project website, the Job Opportunities of the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies. The official call for applications is announced in the Job Offers for Academic Positions at Freie Universität Berlin.

Dezember 2016


BTS has been awarded four scholarships by the Graduate School Scholarship Programme of the DAAD

In cooperation with the Graduate School Scholarship Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies will be able to offer two additional scholarships for international PhD-Students in 2017 and in 2018. The scholarship will be awarded for three years, in case of successful applicants from emerging or developing countries for up to four years.

The official Call for Application will be published on this website in autumn. Especially students from emerging or developing countries are encouraged to apply.

August 2016


Dr. Robert Lepenies elected member at the Global Young Academy

The GYA provides a rallying point for outstanding young scientists from around the world to come together to address topics of global importance.
It comprises 200 members - leading young scientists from 58 countries and all continents, and 63 alumni. Members are selected for the excellence of their science and their commitment to service and are serving five-year terms.
The 33 new GYA members in 2016 are from more than 20 countries and nearly as many disciplines.

June, 2016

Workshop on "Regionalism in Hard Times: The Evolution of Multilateral Regional and Interregional Cooperation from the XIX to the XXI century"

With: Mario Telò, LUISS Guido Carli, Rome
When: 1./8. July, 10.00-11.30 am and 12.30-2.00 pm
Where: Ihnestraße 26, room 202

The workshop is open to students from Master IR and political Sciences, Researchers from KFG and SFB as well as PhD-candidates.

Mario Telò is Professor of International relations at LUISS Guido Carli, Rome and “J. Monnet Chair”, Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is also Emeritus President of the Institute for European Studies (IEE, Brussels), and was elected as a Member of The Royal Academy of Sciences in 2006. He served as consultant for the EU Commission (2001-2006), the Presidency of the European Council ( 2000, 2007) as well as for the E.P. He published: Europe. A Civilian Power?, Palgrave, 2005; European Union and New Regionalism, (ed) 2001, 2007 and 2014, International Relations. A European Perspective, Foreword by R.O. Keohane, 2009,The EU and global governance, Routledge 2009 and EU foreign policy, 2013, Politics of transatlantic trade negotiations, 2014, Interregionalism and the EU, 2014. His forthcoming book is: Regionalism in Hard Times, Routledge, 2016 (ULB 2016). Visiting professor in many European, American and East Asian Universities, he was Senior scholar of the global research networks GARNET (FP6) and GR:EEN (FP7) and from 2010 to 2020 the central coordinator of the doctoral program GEM-STONES (“Globalization Europe multilateralism”), including ten universities of 4 continents and 65 PhD students. He takes part in the public debate about the future of the EU since many decades.


Prestigious grant from Horizon 2020 - EU finances two PhD-candidates at BTS within the European Training Network PLATO

The European Union has greenlit the European Training Network on the Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union (PLATO). The PLATO consortium brings together nine academic institutions from Germany (Berlin), Norway (Oslo), France (Paris), Austria (Vienna), Czech Republic (Prague), Poland (Krakow), Belgium (Antwerp), United Kingdom (Cambridge) and the Netherlands (Twente) and eleven non-academic partners from the field of policy-advice, consulting and civil society.

The network aims to go well beyond the state-of-the-art by building a theory of legitimacy crisis in the EU from a uniquely interdisciplinary understanding of how democracy, power, law, economies, and societies affect the legitimacy of contemporary order. PLATO will train 15 early-stage researchers with the conceptual clarity needed to define new research questions at the very frontiers of their disciplines, and the methodological skills needed to research those questions by providing an ambitious cross-university, cross-country and cross-sectoral programme of research training, supervision and secondments.

The project will be coordinated by ARENA Centre for Europan Studies of the University of Oslo. Two of the 15 early stage researchers will be recruited in 2017 by the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies.

May, 2016

ISA 2016 - Vincent Dreher receives Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper in International Political Economy

The International Studies Association's International Political Economy Section seeks to recognize the best (sole authored) graduate paper presented at the ISA Annual Convention. Vincent Dreher (BTS 2013) was awarded for his paper on "The Regulatory Initiative Addressing Too Big to Fail: Domestic Vulnerability as Driving Factor of International Policy Change" with this years prize at the IPE section meeting during ISA's 57th Annual Convention March 16th - 19th, 2016 in Atlanta.
IPE Best Graduate Student Paper Award

Robert Lepenies receives WIWA Young Scholar Award for Pluralism in Economics

Robert Lepenies (BTS 2009) is winner of the WIWA Young Scholar Award for Pluralism in Economic awarded by Witten Institute for Institutional Change (WIWA) for the first time in November 2015.
The WIWA understands this prize as a signal of encouragement for younger economists in Germany to break new ground in teaching and research with verified contributions to the methodological and thematic diversity in economics.

Dana Trif receives Dissertation Prize

The 'Stiftung Überlebensrecht' has awarded a prize to Dana Trif (PhD in 2015) for her Dissertation entitled "A New Hegemony: International Criminal Justice and the Politics of International Security"

The Essen-based Foundation Überlebensrecht (Right to Survival) honours the work and thinking of German diplomat Rudolf Schmidt (1938 - 2010). The annual Überlebensrecht Prize is awarded to innovative Bachelor, Master, and doctoral theses in the areas of international law, ethics, peace & conflict studies, ecology and alternative technologies.
The BTS is financially supported by:
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, German Academic Exchange Service
Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung
Einstein Stiftung Berlin, Einstein Foundation Berlin
DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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