Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies

Social SciencesEconomics and businessSociologyLaw (jurisprudence)Political scienceOther social sciencesHistory and archaeology

The Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS) is the full-time doctoral program of the Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script" (SCRIPTS). The BGTS offers a rigorous and dynamic English-language program for exceptionally talented and motivated graduated students in the field of global and transregional studies, bringing together a broad spectrum of disciplines, from the social sciences to area studies to history.


The program focuses on contemporary controversies about liberal orders from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. It is particularly interested in global and transregional processes analysed by social science or historical methods. Research at the BGTS focuses on the structures, risks, and opportunities of cross-regional interaction at various levels. Research Areas are causes and consequences of contestations of the liberal script, alternatives to the liberal model, and implications of the contestations for politics, societies and individuals in the 21st century.

The doctoral program consists of three years of study, starting in September of each year. The bulk of candidates' workload will take the form of independent thesis research. Apart from this, all candidates are required to successfully complete content-oriented survey courses, colloquia on research methods, and multidisciplinary skills workshops. Candidates will also be required to present the results of their research regularly at research colloquia and at academic conferences.

Freie Universität Berlin centre programme globalisation Prof. Dr Markus Jachtenfuchs Prof. Dr Thomas Risse Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn Dr Dieter Kerwer

transnational relations, international relations, globalization, governance, regional structures

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse
Coordinator: FU Berlin
Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies
Coordination Office
Ihnestraße 26
14195 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 83857052
Deadlines: 28th February each year
Places: ca. 10
Scholarships: 5