The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) is a joint endeavour of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Hertie School, and the Social Science Research Center Berlin. 

It offers a rigorous and intense English-language PhD programme for exceptionally talented graduate students in the field of transnational and international relations, defined as an interdisciplinary field of research encompassing political science, history, economics, law and adjacent disciplines. The BTS has a separate application process.

BTS students who are supervised by a Hertie School faculty member are usually matriculated at the Hertie School. [more about the BTS]

Do you have a question?

BTS Coordination Team

Katinka von Kovatsits, Marlien Schlaphoff
Phone: +49 (0)30 - 838 - 57052 or +49 (0)30 25491 - 341
Email: info(at)

For questions regarding your BTS application, please send an email to

How to apply

BTS accepts new PhD candidates and researchers in a number of different categories. Application guidelines vary depending on the category of the applicant: