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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Fachbereich Politik- und Sozi­al­wis­senschaften - Otto-Suhr-Insti­tut für Politikwis­senschaft

The Ber­lin Gradu­ate School for Global and Trans­re­g­ional Stud­ies (BGTS) is the full-time PhD pro­gramme of the Cluster of Excel­lence “Con­test­a­tions of the Lib­eral Script” (SCRIPTS) at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin in cooper­a­tion with Hum­boldt-Uni­versität zu Ber­lin, WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter, Her­tie School of Gov­ernance and oth­ers. The BGTS offers a rig­or­ous and dynamic Eng­lish-lan­guage PhD pro­gramme for excep­tion­ally tal­en­ted and motiv­ated gradu­ate stu­dents in the field of global and trans­re­g­ional stud­ies, bring­ing together a broad spec­trum of dis­cip­lines and meth­od­o­lo­gical approaches.

Please check for the link to the online applic­a­tion plat­form.

4 Pos­i­tions Research assist­ant {prae­doc} (m/f/d)

with 65%- part-time job
lim­ited to 3 years
Ent­gelt­gruppe 13 TV-L FU
ref­er­ence code: SCRIPTS_BGTS_2021

Work­ing field:

The three-year Eng­lish lan­guage doc­toral pro­gramme at the BGTS provides state-of-the-art the­ory classes, solid train­ing in research meth­ods and research design, soft skills courses, and indi­vidual super­vi­sion. The pro­gramme focuses on con­tem­por­ary con­test­a­tions of the lib­eral script from his­tor­ical, global, and com­par­at­ive per­spect­ives with a par­tic­u­lar interest in global and trans­re­g­ional pro­cesses. Apart from social sci­ence and his­tor­ical approaches, we expli­citly encour­age stu­dents of area stud­ies, gender stud­ies, philo­sophy, and edu­ca­tion stud­ies to sub­mit their pro­pos­als. Research at the BGTS focuses on the struc­tures, risks,
and oppor­tun­it­ies of cross-regional inter­ac­tion at vari­ous levels and we par­tic­u­larly wel­come crit­ical per­spect­ives. PhD research­ers with excel­lent uni­versity degrees should be know­ledge­able with regard to the vari­ous the­or­et­ical and meth­od­o­lo­gical approaches in
the dis­cip­lines rel­ev­ant to the cluster. They should be open to inter­dis­cip­lin­ary col­lab­or­a­tion. We also expect excel­lent com­mand of Eng­lish in writ­ing and speak­ing.


The PhD stu­dents are expec­ted to con­duct inde­pend­ent research and to write a doc­toral thesis. The suc­ces­ful can­did­ates will be super­vised by a senior scholar at the BGTS, depend­ing on the pro­posal. Applic­ants should also famil­i­ar­ise them­selves with the
research interests of BGTS fac­ulty mem­bers and indic­ate one or sev­eral poten­tial super­visors in their applic­a­tion.

How to ap­ply:

Please check for fur­ther details and the link to the online applic­a­tion plat­form.

Required doc­u­ments
  • Mas­ter’s degree, qual­i­fy­ing for PhD stud­ies in the social sci­ences, his­tory, eco­nom­ics, law, or area stud­ies;
  • proof of C1-level Eng­lish lan­guage skills or the equi­val­ent;


  • most recent CV;

  • let­ter of motiv­a­tion (600 words max­imum);
  • research pro­posal (5,000 words max­imum) with a timeline for your pro­ject;
  • two let­ters of ref­er­ence from pro­fess­ors at uni­versit­ies or research insti­tu­tions.

For fur­ther inform­a­tion, please con­tact: Mr. Daniel Kanj ( / 03083857052).

All applic­a­tions quot­ing the ref­er­ence code should be addressed no later than Janu­ary 31st, 2021 to

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Fachbereich Politik- und Sozi­al­wis­senschaften
Otto-Suhr-Insti­tut für Politikwis­senschaft
Please check for the link to the online applic­a­tion plat­form.
Mr. Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse
Ihnestr. 22
14195 Ber­lin (Dah­lem)

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