Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
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The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society explores the dynamic relationship between the Internet and society, including the increasing interpenetration of digital infrastructures and various domains of everyday life. Its goal is to understand the interplay of social-cultural, legal, economic and technical norms in the process of digitisation. The founding associates are the HU Berlin, the UdK Berlin and the Social Science Research Center Berlin, in alliance with the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research Hamburg.


The objective of HIIG’s doctoral program is to promote exceptionally talented, international early-stage researchers who are interested in developing an innovative, interdisciplinary doctoral project in the field of internet and society.

Doctoral candidates belong to one of HIIG's research groups. Besides specific mentoring agreements, other facilities include regular presentations and mentoring appointments designed to further the development of independent research. There is also a separate soft-skills program and the possibility of financial support for a temporary research stay abroad for outstanding doctoral candidates. Candidates at any stage of their doctoral thesis are free to apply. The contract period is usually limited to two years, with an interim assessment after the first year of the doctorate and a possible option to extend the doctoral studies for another year.

Doctoral candidates from abroad are particularly welcome.

center Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin Universität der Künste Berlin programme Prof. Dr Dr Thomas Schildhauer Prof. Dr Dr Ingolf Pernice Jana Schudrowitz

HIIG, Doctoral Programs, Internet, Internet Studies

Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann
Prof. Dr. Dr. Ingolf Pernice
Jana Schudrowitz
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Französische Straße 9
10117 Berlin

+49 (0)30 200 07 60 82
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