Structured doctoral education

Doctoral education at the Hertie School is organised as a structured programme. During the first year, PhD researchers prepare for their research and thesis writing with dedicated methods, research design and skills seminars. During the following years an increasing amount of time is allocated to independent work on the thesis. Researchers regularly present their research findings at colloquia or international conferences. To connect with leading scholars in their field of studies they may undertake research stays abroad.

PhD workshops and support

Throughout the doctoral journey, we offer seminars and workshops to our PhD researchers to support their thesis writing, publishing and professional skills development, as well as their career planning. Find out more on the workshops and support infrastructure PhD researchers can rely on during their doctoral journey here.


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 offer of seminars and trainings offered by our partners and in our joint PhD programmes DYNAMICS and BGTS/ SCRIPTS. 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, and London School of Economics (LSE) and National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA).

The Hertie School attracts international scholars and practitioners to its activities providing our researchers with opportunities to meet experts in their field of research.



The Hertie School does not charge tuition fees for its doctoral programmes. Each year we offer 10 competitive three-year scholarships of 1,250 euros per month. There is the possibility to receive a completion grant to finalise the thesis during a fourth year.



Year 1

Year 2 + 3


How to apply?


We are interested in applicants with an exceptionally strong master's degree (or equivalent) in economics, law, political science, sociology, public administration, management, or related fields. The master's degree should be completed before you enter the programme.