Is the Hertie School the right place for me?
Check out the research topics of potential supervisors and explore our Centres of Competence
to find out how research at the Hertie School matches up with your interests.
The Hertie School’s other doctoral offerings
In cooperation with top universities and research institutes in Berlin, we offer three additional programmes.
If one of these specialised PhD programmes interests you, please apply through the separate portal. You may apply to all programmes in parallel.
What our PhD researchers say
“The Hertie School is a university in rapid development, and it's exciting to be part of the journey. The academic faculty is not only impressive and unique, but also determined to create the best environment for their students and PhD researchers.”Maria Uttenthal | Denmark | 2019 cohort | Supervisor: Christine Reh
“The Doctoral Programme is an ideal space for me as an international student. It offers a stimulating research environment with highly qualified academic networks. Besides, the programme provides great support for my career development.”Luis Mejía | Mexico | 2016 cohort | Supervisor: Kai Wegrich
“I really enjoy being part of an interdisciplinary cohort. It allows for a great exchange of research perspectives and sharing the PhD journey with like-minded people.”Anna Prisca Lohse | Germany | 2019 cohort | Supervisor: Lukas Graf
“It is a great advantage that we gather academics from almost all social sciences. As my research follows an interdisciplinary approach, it is amazing to have colleagues who comment, challenge, and support my research from very different perspectives.”Frederik Traut | Germany | 2017 cohort | Supervisor: Mark Hallerberg
“I benefited greatly from my doctoral studies at the Hertie School, specifically in terms of acquiring significant research capabilities that have both broadened and enhanced the research I am capable of conducting.”Casper Hendrik Claassen | Alumnus - 2017 cohort | Supervisor: Johanna Mair | Now works as Research Fellow at Yonsei University's Institute for Welfare State Research, Seoul, South Korea