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The Centre for Digital Governance at the Hertie School is based in Berlin. The Hertie School prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business and civil society. The School’s extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement.

We offer a stimulating, international and diverse environment in multiple areas of social science, high-quality teaching and a strong foundation in public policy. The Hertie School is a vibrant academic community that emphasises excellence in research and teaching as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. Our School has been certified as a family-friendly work environment in higher education and an equal opportunity employer. 

2 PhD scholarships in digital governance/government - application deadline 31 January 2020

The Hertie School is offering two three-year scholarships for exceptional candidates to pursue a full-time PhD in the field of digital governance starting from September 2020.

The successful candidates will be affiliated with the Centre for Digital Governance at the Hertie School. The Centre's research focuses on two core areas: (1) public policy and governance, with issues such as government-business relations, regulation and ethical implications of digitalisation, as well as (2) public management and administration, with a focus on transforming government (policy, service delivery) through digitalisation.

Situated in the heart of Berlin, the Hertie School prepares doctoral candidates for academic careers in leading universities or as highly-skilled professionals in government, business and civil society. Our doctoral education provides rigorous academic training. The Centre for Digital Governance offers its PhD researchers a unique opportunity to become part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and diverse academic community. Within the framework of a Digital Governance Research Colloquium, hosted in cooperation with the School's Data Science Lab, the Centre brings together scholars and practitioners to present their research on digital governance, digital government and AI. In addition, the Centre is part of international research projects (e.g. TROPICO and Authoritarianism 2.0) and organises public events on a variety of topics with high-level partner institutions from business, civil society as well as government. PhD researchers will thus have the opportunity to work closely and exchange ideas with (senior) scholars from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.

We invite candidates with exceptionally strong academic track records to apply – those with a master’s degree (or equivalent) in the social sciences or related fields – and who will provide a stimulating and engaging research environment in our growing Centre. Research proposals should focus on one of the Centre's two core research areas; prospective candidates are strongly advised to explore the research profile of the faculty as well as the research projects hosted at the Centre for Digital Governance before applying. Please also visit the School’s website for further information about our community.

The application portal will accept applications  from 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020


Student assistant (f/m/div) - application deadline 1 February 2020

The Centre for Digital Governance is looking for a student assistant (f/m/div) on a part-time (10 hours/week) basis. The contract shall commence as soon as possible and is limited until 31 August 2020.


Digital governance scholarship - application deadline 1 May 2020

Are you passionate about digital governance and the various challenges posed by digitalisation? Do you wish to pursue a career in this field? Apply today for the digital governance scholarship.


Digital leadership scholarship - application deadline 1 June 2020

Are you interested in digitalisation or related topics, either academically or professionally? And do you have a minimum of two years of work experience and wish to pursue an executive degree in public administration ? Apply today for the digital leadership scholarship!