Structured doctoral education

Doctoral education at the Hertie School is organised as a structured programme. During the first year, PhD researchers develop their research projects and prepare for thesis writing with dedicated methods, research design and skills seminars. During the following years an increasing amount of time is allocated to independent research and thesis writing. Our PhD researchers regularly present their research findings at colloquia and international conferences and ofte undertake research stays abroad to connect with leading scholars in their field. Courses in the structured doctoral programme start in early September each year.


The Hertie School does not charge tuition fees for its doctoral programmes. Each year we offer a handful of competitive stipends of 1,450 Euros per month plus a monthly health insurance contribution of up to 200 Euros, as well as the possibility to join the PhD programme with external funding. Learn more about our various funding options here.


PhD training, supervision and support

PhD researchers will find a strong support structure at the Hertie School. Throughout the doctoral journey, we offer seminars and workshops to our PhD researchers to advance their methodological skills, facilitate thesis writing, develop their publishing and professional skills, and support with career planning. Further, our PhDs work with a team of three dissertation advisors who provide intellectual guidance and monitor the candidate’s research progress.

PhD researchers working with data science methods have the opportunity to develop their methodological skills throughout the doctoral journey with a dedicated PhD course on data science. We also offer the opportunity to undertake dedicated PhD trainings on methods and advanced theories and research by our faculty through PhD mini courses. Learn out more about our trainings and our support infrastructure here.

In addition, PhD researchers benefit from a wide array of doctoral trainings and workshops offered by our Berlin partner institutions and by the European network of leading universities in the social sciences within the CIVICA network.


Cooperation and networks

The Hertie School is part of a vibrant research hub and cooperates with Berlin's world-class universities and research institutes. Our doctoral researchers benefit from a broad range of seminars and trainings offered by our partners and in our joint PhD programmes DYNAMICSBGTS/ SCRIPTS and BSoE. The Hertie School further closely cooperates with top PhD programmes in the social sciences in Europe in the context of the EU-funded CIVICA project: Bocconi University, Central European University (CEU), European University Institute (EUI), Sciences Po, Stockholm School of Economics, The London School of Economics (LSE), National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), SGH Warsaw School of Economics and IE University. The Hertie School attracts international scholars and practitioners to its activities, providing our researchers with opportunities to meet experts in their field of research.


Graduate prospects

Many of our PhD graduates move into academic careers at leading universities worldwide, while others undertake careers in international organisations and public institutions, many in research positions. Find out more about our PhD Graduates.



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