PhD from The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies jointly with the University of Hamburg


Doctoral Students


The successful candidates will join either the GIGA Doctoral Programme or the doctoral programme of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg. They will be hosted by the GIGA or by the University of Hamburg and 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 DevelopmentDesired qualifications:

– An excellent grade point average and a final degree (masters or equivalent) in political science/international relations, economics, history or a related discipline.

– A project proposal related to the study of regional and/or rising powers. Among those, projects with a focus on development issues and/or cross-regional, comparative area studies have priority.

– Strong command of the English language. The scholarship, which is directly awarded by DAAD (starting October 1, 2013) will include the following benefits and payments:

– The grant of 1,000 EUR per month will 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-1-13) as print-out and in addition

by email (if possible) by June 15, 2013 with the relevant supporting documentation: a DAAD

application form (available at, a letter of motivation, CV, copies of

degree and academic transcripts (secondary school leaving certificate or high school diploma,

transcripts or certificates of annual examinations, certificates of any academic degrees), two

letters of reference, proof of English language skills, MA thesis or two pieces of scholarly work,

a research proposal of max. 2,000 words and a proposal of the intended field research to:


Gabriele Tetzlaff, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies,

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Email:

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Dr Stephanie Garling (email:, phone: +49 (0)40-42825-761) or

Dr Jörg Meyer (email:, phone: +49 (0)40-42838-3833).