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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS)


Admission is based upon academic excellence and is open to students with an economic or social science background who meet the admission requirements of their home university. Candidates may be citizens of countries other than those of the partner universities. The application procedure is identical in all Sess.EuroPhD partner universities. Applicants should decide at which university his or her research interests are represented best and should direct their application to the respective university using the online application device of the present website (see instructions for Online Applications below). Evaluation is based on candidates' academic experiences in:

  • Empirical research methods
  • Applied statistics and multi-variate analysis
  • General sociological theory
  • Microsociology
  • Macrosociology, social structure and institutional analysis
  • Micro- and macroeconomic analysis
  • Political theory
  • Social policy, welfare state analysis
  • Urban and regional sociology, social geography
  • Demographic studies

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must have completed an academic education with above average results of a minimum of five years in the fields of social sciences or economics
  • They should have fulfilled the degree requirements equivalent to a Master of Arts as established by the respective national grant authorities or laid down in the guidelines of the respective university
  • The degree must be obtained by the beginning of the academic year they want to apply for
  • English proficiency at an academic level
  • For BGSS at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Please note our regulations regarding doctoral funding

Application Deadline

Please consult the websites of the SESS.EuroPhD partner universities directly for information regarding their application deadlines.

There may also be additional application rules and procedures about which applicants will be informed once the electronic applications have been received (see below). All applications must be submitted electronically via the online application database.

Application Documents

The following documents are compulsory for the application:

  • Mission Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of Degrees and Certificates
  • Certificates of Language Ability (TOEFL, IELTS, C-level etc.)
  • Exposé of Doctoral Project
  • Statement of Skills and Experiences with Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Online Application

Please read the following information carefully before starting your online application: How to Apply Online

Please do not upload PDF documents with write protection, they cause problems in the database!

Our office will only be able to process and consider your application if you submit it by clicking on the “Submit Application” button after completing your application.

If you should experience technical difficulty when applying online, please send an email describing the problem to bgss (at) hu-berlin.de


For other questions about applying please contact the BGSS staff at:

Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin
bgss (at) hu-berlin.de