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German Institute of Global and Area Studies Doctoral Fellowship Programme


July 15, 2015

Opportunity Cover Image - German Institute of Global and Area Studies Doctoral Fellowship Programme

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien invites Prospective Doctoral Students to apply to the GIGA Doctoral Programme and join from October 2015 onwards one of GIGA’s regional institutes (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Middle East) and one of GIGA’s four research programmes:

  • RP 1: Legitimacy and Efficiency of Political Systems,
  • RP 2: Violence and Security,
  • RP 3: Socio-economic Development in the Context of Globalisation,
  • RP 4: Power, Norms and Governance in International Relations.

Successful candidates will benefit from individual supervision of their research project and will be fully integrated into a structured doctoral programme at one of Europe’s leading research institutes for area and comparative area studies. Within an interdisciplinary and international research atmosphere, they will actively participate in GIGA’s research programmes and teams and have free access to the institute’s infrastructure (office space with internet access, archives and libraries). Additionally, the successful candidates will have the opportunity to attend regular method courses, as well as soft skills seminars (all ECTS creditable). This particular call is ad­dressed to outstanding students who are either already funded by an external institution or applied for external funding.

Desired qualifications:

  • An excellent grade point average and a final degree (masters or equivalent) in political science/international relations, economics, history or a related discipline.
  • A high-quality project proposal that fits with GIGA’s research programmes. Priority will be given to those projects with a cross-regional or a comparative area studies focus.
  • Strong command of the English language (German is not a prerequisite).

The reconciliation of work and family life is of great importance to the institute. The GIGA pro­motes gender equality and actively encourages applications from women. Among equally quali­fied applicants, women will receive preferential consideration in those areas in which they are underrepresented. Additionally, we strongly welcome international applications.

Please send your complete application by July 15, 2015 (Ref.-No. GIGA-15-02), with the relevant supporting documentation (GIGA DP application form incl. name and contact details of two refer­ence persons, letter of motivation, CV, simple copies of degrees and academic transcripts (BA, Diploma, MA), proof of English language skills, MA thesis or two pieces of scholarly work, a re­search proposal of 2000 words max., and proof of funding) to:

Gabriele Tetzlaff, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Email:

(E-Mail applications are particularly welcome. Please check the size of your email. If it exceeds a maximum of 10 MB split your electronic application)

For further information and the GIGA DP application form, please visit the GIGA Doctoral Programme website or contact Ina Peters (email:

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June 02, 2015


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