Students of one of the doctoral programmes at the Hertie School benefit from generous funding through PHD GLOBAL at different stages of their PhD. The PHD GLOBAL project is promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the IPID4all programme. It supports the internationalization of the Programme. Please find a selection of measures funded by PHD GLOBAL below:

Before the start of the programme

  • Presentation of our programme at Study Fairs abroad
  • Pre-programme visits: International applicants are invited to a campus tour and talks with the potential supervisor and current PhD students
  • Support in applying for external scholarships

During your studies

  • German courses for international PhD students
  • Funding for trips abroad: conferences, research visits, field research, workshops, summer schools (see below)
  • Professional skillls workshops such as presentation skills, academic writing, and project management
  • Career events that strengthen your international profile
  • International PhD conferences
  • Exchange with visiting PhD students from abroad

Travel funding

Attending conferences, workshops, winter and summer schools or traveling to collect data are important parts of working on a PhD thesis. The Hertie School of Governance is able to provide limited support for such travel. Hertie School PhD students who travel abroad to collect data, to present their research at conferences, to receive methods training or to spend time as a visiting PhD student at other research institutions, may apply for travel grants through the PHD GLOBAL project, 

All doctoral candidates enrolled at the Hertie School - both in the BTS and in the Doctoral Programme in Governance - may apply for this funding. Decisions are taken every two months.

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Visiting PhD Students

The following PhD students are visiting the Hertie School this semester. Some of their research visits are funded PHD GLOBAL project, promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the IPID4all programme.

Spring Semester 2018

Paul Dermine (Maastricht University)

The New Economic Governance of the Eurozone – A Rule of Law Analysis


B. Nazli Üstünes Demirhan (Koc University Istanbul)

Weakening Yet Strong: A Comparative Study of Multidimensional Norm Change in Non-Refoulement and Humanitarian Intervention Norms


Tiziano Zgaga (LUISS Rome)

What is the fiscal capacity of the European Union and how to assess it from a comparative federalist perspective?


Fall Semester 2017

Giammarco Alderotti (University of Rome Sapienza)

The Impact of Economic Uncertainty on Fertility: a Meta-Analysis of Previous Research and New Longitudinal Evidence


Nadia Fanous (University of Glasgow)

The intended and unintended consequences of graphic health warning labels of cigarette packages: in the UK and Qatar


Bolivar Portugal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)

Between the Regulatory and the Developmental State: The Polymorph Mexican regime in Energy and Communications

Spring Semester 2017

Bruno Queiroz Cunha (Unidersidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro)

Regulatory Change and Regulatory Innovation in Brazil (and Other States)


Martina Menghi (Second University of Naples)

The Posting of Workers in the European Union


Nora Ratzmann (LSE)

Realising EU Migrants' Social Citizenship Rights at Street-Level: The daily practice of (in)equality of access in German jobcentres


David Schäfer (LSE)

The Creation of the EU Banking Union: Assessing the interplay of interests and ideas


Tobias Tesche (EUI)

The Common Knowledge of Banking Union, the ECB and the Sovereign-Bank Nexus

Fall Semester 2016

Andreu, Marco | University of Warwick
The Performative Politics of Social Impact Bonds

Rothstein, Sidney | University of Pennsylvania 
Commodification and Control: Tech Worker Responses to Mass Dismissals in Germany and the United States

Woźniakowski, Tomasz | EUI Florence
Towards Fiscalization of the European Union? Sovereign Debt Crisis and the Federal Power to Tax: Lessons from the Early United States in Forging a Fiscal Union

Spring Semester 2016

Aaskoven, Lars | University of Copenhagen
Causes and Consequences of Fiscal Institutions

Chabova, Kristyna | Charles University Prague
Corruption: Is There Any Hope For Post-communist Countries?

Galletti, Francesco | University of Salzburg
Restructuring the EU in and after the Crisis

Karremans, Johannes | EUI Florence
State vs Voters: On Which Side Do (Labor) Parties Stand?

Kinsky, Lucy | IHS Vienna
National Parliamentarians (MPs) and their Patterns of Representation in European Union (EU) Affairs

Nicoli, Francesco | University of Trento 
Eurozone’s Functional Disequilibria: A Multidimensional Analysis of the Eurocrisis and of its Political Implications

Schade, Daniel | LSE
Understanding Change in Foreign Policy: The Changing Dynamics of the EU’s Latin America Policy

Sting, Anna | Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam
Functionality of Parliaments in European Economic Policy-Making

Vianello, Ilaria | EUI Florence
Measuring the Union External Action against Administrative Principles and Standards

Wachs, Johannes | CEU Budapest
Corruption Typologies and Network Representations

Wratil, Chistopher | LSE
Patterns of Responsiveness and Policy Representation in European Union Policymaking

DAAD Stipends for non-German doctoral students

Letters of eligibility for DAAD applications

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers stipends to non-German students. The deadline for an application to the DAAD depends on the country of origin. Please check the DAAD website for the deadline that applies to you. It also explains the application procedure.

For the DAAD application, the Hertie School needs to confirm that you are eligible for the School’s doctoral programme. Please note that the DAAD does not require a confirmed PhD supervisor for a structured doctoral programme such as the Doctoral Programme in Governance at the Hertie School, but only a Letter of Eligibility.

If you need a Letter of Eligibility from the Hertie School, please send the short version of your PhD application to phd-applications[at]hertie-school[dot]org including:

  • Transcripts and certificates of all acquired university degrees
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Short research proposal (minimum 3 pages) 
  • English proficiency proof (TOEFL IBT 100, PBT 600, CBT 250; Cambridge ESOL qualifications CPE C, CAE B; or IELTS overall 7.0 incl. writing score 7.0)
  • Please indicate the deadline for DAAD applications in your country of origin and make sure that you submit your short application at least two weeks before the deadline.

Please note that you need to also submit your full PhD application to the Hertie School application portal. We recommend that you submit your application early, before the end of the year, as the DAAD usually hopes for an early admission decision. The Hertie School needs your full PhD application documents to decide on your admission as your scholarship application to the DAAD and your application to the Hertie School doctoral programme are two separate processes. 

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