Apply for a doctoral programme

Doctoral Programme in Governance

To apply for the Hertie School's own doctoral programme, the Doctoral Programme in Governance, you will find all necessary information below. 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. 

Applying for the DocGov

Please find information on the steps of the application and the required documents below. 

Application instructions

Online information sessions

We will organize two online information sessions for potential applicants, during which you can ask questions about our PhD programmes and the application process. These sessions will take place on 7 December 2021, 8 am (CET) and 14 December 2021, 5 pm (CET). Please check this page regularly for updates and the possibility to register. 

Joint doctoral programmes

In cooperation with top universities and research institutes in Berlin, we offer three additional PhD programmes. If one of these specialised PhD programmes interests you, please apply through the separate portal. You may apply to all programmes in parallel. If you are admitted to one of these programmes, and your first supervisor is a Hertie School faculty member, you will usually be enrolled as a PhD researcher at the Hertie School, and receive your degree from the Hertie School.