Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies
Social SciencesPolitical science

The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) is a joint endeavor by FU Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Social Science Research Center Berlin. It offers a rigorous and dynamic English language doctoral program for exceptionally talented graduate students in the field of transnational and international relations defined as an interdisciplinary field of research encompassing political science, history, economics, law and related disciplines.


BTS offers four primary research areas: globalization, governance, regional structures and the EU as transnational polity.

The first deals with the causes and consequences of globalization; the second investigates governance challenges; the third focuses on analytical comparisons of regional political, economic, and social structures; and the fourth deals with the EU as a transnational polity.

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

Prof. Dr Thomas Risse
FU Berlin
Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies
Coordination Office
Ihnestraße 26
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 570 52
December - January
Freie Universität Berlin