The Hertie School offers two doctoral programmes:

Doctoral Programme in Governance

The Doctoral Programme in Governance is a three-year structured doctoral programme with a focus on governance and public policy. It familiarizes students with cutting-edge research concepts and methods and brings together perspectives from political science, economics, law, sociology, and management. [more]

Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS)

The BTS is a joint effort with Freie Universität Berlin and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB). The graduate school offers young researchers the unique opportunity to collaborate with an exceptional group of scholars on topics in the field of transnational and international relations. [more]

About our research

The school’s faculty members carry out cutting-edge projects on topics like combatting corruption, the impact of social enterprise, or mitigating climate change. Together with postdoctoral researchers, research associates and doctoral students, they address questions that cut across disciplines and straddle regional and sectoral boundaries. [more]


This unique programme enhances international mobility, career development, and exchange between German and international PhD students. It is promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Our PhD students benefit from generous funding for travel, skills workshops, and German courses. Through PHD GLOBAL, we establish cooperations with other PhD programmes and invite PhD students from abroad to conferences and research visits.