GIGA Hamburg Doctoral Programme

The GIGA Doctoral Programme offers an international research environment, close collaboration with senior researchers, and excellent supervision. The three-year programme allows doctoral students to branch out into different research fields and to gain experience in a variety of academic approaches. We support our doctoral students as they establish their publication records, organise research stays abroad, and attend international conferences. In addition, we offer a range of methodological and theoretical courses taught by experts from around the world as well as research colloquia that lead our doctoral students to a successful completion of their doctoral degree.

The GIGA has a long tradition of integrating young researchers into its research structure. This tradition culminated in the establishment of the GIGA Doctoral Programme. This programme seeks to provide a platform for young, international, and German academics, from which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of comparative area studies (CAS).

There are three ways in which prospective doctoral students can join the GIGA Doctoral Programme:

  • Students wishing to work full-time on their dissertation project can apply as a fellow. The GIGA Doctoral Programme invites applications from prospective doctoral students to join the programme on 1 October 2018. Please refer to our current call for applications.
  • Researchers already working in third party-funded projects at the GIGA can join the doctoral programme as an associate.
  • Doctoral students who are not affiliated with the GIGA can join the doctoral programme temporarily as a visiting doctoral researcher. The requirements and application procedures can be found on our website.

Doctoral students at the GIGA receive their funding from different sources. We provide potential applicants with a list of foundations and institutions that offer scholarships for doctoral students. We encourage all prospective doctoral students to inform themselves about third party-funding opportunities before applying to the GIGA. The final admission to the programme is dependent upon the applicant’s ability to provide proof of funding by the starting date.

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