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PhD in Social Sciences, Germany
Deadline: 16 February 2011
Open to: MA holders in Social Sciences (Sociology, Political Science, International Studies)
Fellowship: up to 1200€/month
The Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) seeks international applicants interested in completing a doctoral degree at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Outstanding academic records, first research experience and a strong dedication to becoming a researcher in the Social Sciences are expected.

Research proposals should relate to the comparative analysis of the following research areas and topics. A combination of the following areas and topics is welcome:
 
Inclusion
* social inequality and well-being
* social protest and social conflict
* migration and cultural diversity
* the clash and the management of collective identities
 
 
Democracy
* performance of mature and young democracies
* processes of democratization, and the resilience of autocracy
* multilevel and multinational policy
* political institutions, political conflict, and the welfare state
 
 
Knowledge
* scientific knowledge in processes of policy-making
* the impact of science and religion on processes of inclusion and democratization
* communicating knowledge in public spheres
* the governance of science
 
 
Eligibility
* M.A. degree or equivalent (Magister, Diplom) in Social Sciences (Sociology, Political Science, International Studies)
* English language proficiency at C1-level or equivalent
 
 
Scholarships
Doctoral researchers are awarded scholarships of up to 1200€/month for a maximum of 36 months, contingent on the successful completion of each year. Applicants with alternative funding are welcome; we provide incentives for applications for external funding.
 
Application Process
Application Deadline: February 16
 
Application Documents
The application is to be submitted via the online application platform http://www2.hu-berlin.de/hgs_bewerbung/school/bgss/
The following documents are compulsory and need to be uploaded (PDF or JPEG file format only):
* Statement of purpose (500 words maximum)
* Curriculum Vitae
* Certificate of English Language Ability (TOEFL, IELTS, C-level etc.)
* Exposé of your doctoral project (5-10 pages)
* Copies of degrees and certificates (official transcripts, diplomas, including translations into German or English, if necessary)
* Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the BGSS
 
For further questions please contact: bgss@sowi.hu-berlin.de  
 
Address
Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin
 
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