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2023 Programme in Governance for International Students at Hertie School of Governance in Germany

The Hertie School of Governance Program is open to students with an exceptionally strong degree (or equivalent) in economics, law, political science, sociology, public administration, management, or related fields.

With a degree obtained in Governance, students are at the cutting edge of social science knowledge in a field that has emerged as one of the most important and dynamic fields of inquiry. It brings together perspectives from economics, political science, law, and sociology, and requires excellence in qualitative and quantitative methodologies. It is problem-oriented, both in a theoretical as well as practical sense. Above all, the field of governance is inherently comparative, international, and policy-oriented.


  • The programme is designed for students with a desire to understand fundamental problems and patterns of governance at the highest level of academic research.
  • Candidates should have a very strong foundation in one of the disciplines represented at the Hertie School of Governance – economics, law, political science, sociology as well as public administration/management and related fields.
  • They should be open to interdisciplinary research and comparative perspectives, as governance and public policy issues typically transcend the boundaries of academic disciplines.

Eligible Countries: International

Type: PhD

Number of Awards: 8

Value of Award: The Hertie School does not charge tuition fees for its doctoral programmes. Each year we offer eight competitive three-year scholarships of 1,350 euros per month (from the 2023 intake onwards, the amount will be increased to 1,450 euros per month) plus a monthly health insurance contribution of up to 200 euros

Duration of Programme: 3-year, English-language doctoral programme (180 ECTS)

Method of Application: Apply Here

Application Deadline: 1st January 2023