GIGA Doctoral Programme
Welcome to the doctoral programme of the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. The GIGA has a long tradition of integrating young researchers into its research structure. This tradition culminated in the establishment of the GIGA Doctoral Programme. This programme seeks to provide a platform for young, international, and German academics, from which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of comparative area studies (CAS).
The GIGA Doctoral Programme offers an international research environment, close collaboration with senior researchers, and excellent supervision. The three-year programme allows doctoral students to branch out into different research fields and to gain experience in a variety of academic approaches. We support our doctoral students as they establish their publication records, organise research stays abroad, and attend international conferences. In addition, we offer a range of methodological and theoretical courses taught by experts from around the world as well as research colloquia that lead our doctoral students to a successful completion of their doctoral degree.
Thank you for your interest in the GIGA Doctoral Programme. We are proud of the institute’s excellent academic tradition and invite you to browse through our website to learn more. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, the programme coordinator, other GIGA staff members, or our doctoral students directly.
- Students wishing to work full-time on their dissertation project can apply as a fellow. The GIGA Doctoral Programme invites applications from prospective doctoral students to join the programme on 1 October 2019. Please see our current call for applications. The application deadline is 1 February 2019. For questions please see our list of FAQs.
- Researchers already working in third party-funded projects at the GIGA can join the doctoral programme as an associate.
- Doctoral students who are not affiliated with the GIGA can join the doctoral programme temporarily as a visiting doctoral researcher. The requirements and application procedures can be found on our website.
Doctoral students at the GIGA receive their funding from different sources. We provide potential applicants with a list of foundations and institutions that offer scholarships for doctoral students. We encourage all prospective doctoral students to inform themselves about third party-funding opportunities before applying to the GIGA. The final admission to the programme is dependent upon the applicant’s ability to provide proof of funding by the starting date.
Fellows are working full-time on their dissertation projects. The GIGA Doctoral Programme invites applications from prospective doctoral students to join the programme on 1 October 2019. Please see our current call for applications. The application deadline is 1 February 2019. For questions please see our list of FAQs.
Fellows are offered:
- full integration into the research structure of the GIGA,
- a comprehensive training programme with a focus on the GIGA’s unique CAS approach,
- academic exchanges and opportunities for field work,
- exposure to policy advice activities,
- access to all courses by the Graduate School of the WiSo-Faculty at the University of Hamburg, and
- the possibility to apply for additional mobility grants for field work and conference attendance.
Doctoral degrees will be awarded by one of our partner universities, dependent upon the affiliation of the student’s first supervisor. Selected students can apply for a waiver of administrative fees incurred at German universities from which they will receive their degrees.
All applications need to include at least the following documents:
- GIGA DP Application Form
- letter of motivation
- research proposal of 2000 words max.
- academic writing sample
- curriculum vitae
- simple copies of degrees and academic transcripts (BA, Diploma, MA)
- proof of English language skills
- statement about intended funding for the duration of three years.
Additional documents depend on the respective Call for Applications.
The final admission to the programme is dependent upon the applicant’s ability to provide proof of funding by the starting date.
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