Curriculum & Milestones
The curriculum of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences offers multiple programs and tracks, tailor made to the specific needs of aspiring young researchers. It focuses on the systematic training of doctoral researchers combined with intensive supervision and mentoring.
Hence, the doctoral curriculum of the BGSS comprises high-level courses on theory, methods, supporting courses and doctoral workshops. Annual milestones ensure continuous progress and mutual feedback.
The first and second year of membership are each limited to one year and the prolongation depends on the fulfillment of the curriculum. At the end of every summer semester, the membership committee decides on the extension, basing on the completion of the requirements.
Milestone 1st year: The positive evaluation of the Dissertation Prospectus (equivalent for publication-based thesis, see curriculum below) is the most important criteria for the prolongation of the BGSS membership into the second year. The supervisor will give feedback by filling in the Progress Report 1st year.
Milestones 2nd year: The positive evaluation of two Thesis Chapters (equivalent for publication-based thesis, see curriculum below) is the most important criteria for the prolongation of the membership into the third year. The supervisor will give feedback by filling in the Progress Report 2nd year.
Milestone 3rd year: The last milestone of our doctoral program is the third Thesis Chapter (equivalent for publication-based thesis, see curriculum below). The supervisor will give feedback by filling in the Progress Report 3rd year.
- Overview Curriculum & Milestones (beginning with Generation 2017)
- Overview Curriculum & Milestones (up to Generation 2016)
- Current courses
- Progress Report 1st Year, Progress Report 2nd Year and Progress Report 3rd Year
- Time line for track record updates 2018
- Training at Humboldt Graduate School (HGS)
- Training at HU's Berufliche Weiterbildung
Additionally, the HGS offers a mentoring program to accompany doctoral researchers' transition to a post-doctoral or professional career.
Important Information: From doctoral generation 2015 on BGSS will not be able to cover individual costs of trainings and mentoring.
The BGSS provides its members with a Track Record of all academic activities pursued during the time of the BGSS membership. At least once a year, members will receive an e-mail requesting an update of those activities. For the defense of the dissertation, the BGSS will issue a transcript of records listing all achievements.
The BGSS seeks international applicants interested in completing a doctoral degree at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Outstanding academic records, first research experience and a strong dedication to becoming a researcher in the Social Sciences are expected.
Regular members are admitted graduate students who have successfully passed the international BGSS application process. During the three year doctoral program regular members fulfill all milestones of the structured training program, leading them to their doctoral degree. Research stays abroad, participation in conferences or workshops as well as guest lectures are supported.
- M.A. degree (120 CP, state accreditation) or equivalent (Magister, Diplom) in Social Sciences (Sociology, Political Science, International Studies).
- English language proficiency at C1-level or equivalent
- The regular application period for all candidates for the academic year 2019 is until January 7, 2019, 12:00 noon (CET). Please complete your online application here.
- We plan to have interviews in February 2019. Please read our information regarding doctoral funding carefully.
- We will have a 2nd Call for Applications in August 2019 for candidates who have already been granted doctoral funding (e.g. doctoral scholarships or research positions at BGSS partner institutions or the HU Department of Social Sciences) and want to start their PhD as well in October 2019 at the BGSS.
The application is to be submitted via our online application platform. The following documents are compulsory and need to be uploaded (PDF - not write protected - or JPEG file format only):
- Mission Statement (500 words maximum)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Certificate of English Language Ability (TOEFL, IELTS, C-level etc.)
- Exposé of your doctoral project (5-10 pages)
- Copies of degrees and certificates (official transcripts, diplomas, including translations into German or English, if necessary)
- Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the BGSS