PhD programme: Regional and/or Rising Powers

Hamburg, Germany
Deadline: 1st Oct 2013

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies jointly with the University of Hamburg seek to hire two Doctoral Students.
The successful candidates will join either the GIGA Doctoral Programme or the Graduate School of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg. They will conduct research on the theme of “Regional and/or Rising Powers”. At GIGA, they will be integrated into one of GIGA’s re­search programmes (RP 1: Legitimacy and Efficiency of Political Systems, RP 2: Violence and Security, RP 3: Socio-Economic Challenges in the Context of Globalisation, RP 4: Power, Norms and Governance in International Relations) and research institutes (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Middle East). At the University of Hamburg, they will be integrated into the research unit of Wars, Armament and Develop­ment.

Desired qualifications:

An excellent grade point average and a final degree (masters or equivalent) in political science/international relations, economics, history or a related discipline. This degree should not date back more than six years.
A research proposal related to the study of regional and/or rising powers. Among those, research projects with a focus on development issues and/or comparative area studies have priority.
Strong command of the English language.
Non-German nationality due to funding restrictions by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); at the time of application, he/she should not have been staying in Ger­many for more than 15 months*.

The scholarship, which is directly awarded by DAAD (starting April 1, 2014), includes:

A grant of 1,000 EUR per month, initially be awarded for one year. Based on positive progress and evaluation, it can be extended for up to three years or even of up to four years in case of doctoral students from developing or threshold countries.
Travel allowance depending on region.
Combined health, accident and third-party liability insurance.
Student and Research allowance of EUR 460 per year.
Rent or family allowance, if applicable.
Funding for a language course (a preparative language course of at least two to six months should be generally envisaged).
Individual supervision from university faculty and/or one of Europe’s leading research institutes for
area and comparative area studies.
Structured doctoral programs offering course work on methods, research design, career plan­ning, etc.

The reconciliation of work and family life is of great importance to the GIGA and the University of Ham­burg. Both employers promote gender equality and actively encourage applications from women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration.

Please send your complete application (Ref.-No. GIGA-UHH-1-14) as print-out and in addition by email (if possible) by October 1, 2013 with the relevant supporting documentation: a DAAD application form (available at

Gabriele Tetzlaff, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Email: via the Apply button below (please check the size of your email. If it exceeds a maximum of 10 MB split your electronic application).

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