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. 

We have summarized all major information in our application instructions, which you are welcome to download. If this is your first time applying via Interfolio, please download our step-by-step guide.

Online information sessions

We will organise two online information sessions for potential applicants on 6 December 2022, 12-1pm (CET) and 5-6pm (CET), during which you can ask questions about our PhD programmes and the application process. Please click below to register for the sessions.

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.