Start your career in academia, research or research-based public policy at the Hertie School.

The Hertie School of Governance Doctoral Programme in Governance is open to candidates with an exceptionally strong master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics, law, political science, sociology, public administration, Management, or related fields. The doctoral programme starts at the beginning of September each year with a group of about 10 PhD students.

With a PhD obtained in Doctoral Programme 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 Hertie School does not charge tuition fees for its doctoral programmes. Each year we offer eight competitive three-year stipends of 1450 euros per month plus a monthly health insurance contribution of up to 200 euros.

Explore our PhD programmes

  • Disciplinary training and close supervision
  • Academic excellence and advanced skills training in an international and multidisciplinary setting
  • State-of-the-art research and methods to tackle today’s challenges
  • A vibrant, close-knit and diverse academic community
  • Engage with leading scholars and practitioners in Berlin, Europe and around the globe
  • Academic careers in leading international universities, or research careers in international organisations


  • 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.

Applications that successfully passed the first step will be assessed by two internal reviewers. They identify possible dissertation advisors (based on the candidate’s proposition) and assess the different elements of the application:

  • Quality and fit of research proposal
  • Academic performance and references
  • CV and motivation letter

Method of Application

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Application Deadline: February 1, 2024.