About BTS
PhD Candidates
Master´s Graduates | PhD "Fast Track" Applicants | Research Associates | Guest PhD Applicants


We accept new PhD candidates and researchers in a number of different categories. Application guidelines vary depending on the category of the applicant.

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)
Please find more information in our Job Opportunities and the Job Offers for Academic Positions at Freie Universität Berlin.

Master´s Graduates

Master’s Graduates are eligible to apply for the PhD programme after completing a university master’s (postgraduate) degree in political science, international relations, sociology, economics, law, or a related discipline.


PhD "Fast Track" Applicants

PhD "Fast Track" Applicants are students who have begun the Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) programme offered by FUB, Humboldt Universität Berlin, and Universität Potsdam.

Research Affiliates

Research Affiliates are already working as research assistants in externally-funded research projects at FUB, HSoG, WZB or the Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood Research Centre while completing their doctoral theses. Successful applicants will gain access to the extensive thesis supervision, international networks, and support offered through the programme at BTS.

Guest PhD Applicants

Guest PhD Applicants are already PhD candidates from abroad or Germany who wish to spend a limited period visiting BTS and have their own funding.
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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