1 February 2019.



(Not Funded)


GIGA (German Institute of Global and Area Studies) Doctoral Programme
The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien is an independent social science research institute based in Hamburg. It analyses political, social and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and links this knowledge to questions of global significance. It combines region-specific analysis with innovative comparative research on accountability and participation, peace and security, growth and development, and power and ideas.

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The GIGA Doctoral Programme (DP) is a three-year structured programme for junior researchers, in which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of comparative area studies (CAS). GIGA doctoral students are fully integrated into the GIGA’s research structure and benefit from close supervision within an international research environment.
Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Economics.
  • Business.
  • Management.
  • Finance.
  • History & Anthropology.
  • International Affairs.
  • Politics.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

3 years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • An excellent grade point average and a final degree (masters or equivalent) in political science/international relations, economics, history or a related discipline.
  • A high-quality project proposal that fits with the GIGA’s research agenda. Priority will be given to projects with a cross-regional or a comparative area studies focus.
  • Strong command of the English language (German is not a prerequisite).
  • We strongly welcome international applications. Diversity and the reconciliation of work and family
    life are of great importance to the institute.

Opportunity Cost

(Not Funded)

The GIGA does not provide funding for doctoral students. If you want to join the programme as a fellow, you are expected to apply for external funding, for example from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or from other foundations (a list of foundations and institutions that offer scholarships is provided here).

We encourage all prospective doctoral students to inform themselves about third party-funding opportunities before applying to the GIGA. The final admission to the programme is dependent upon the applicant’s ability to provide proof of funding by the starting date.

How to Apply

First Step: Please fill out the GIGA DP application form in the link below.

Second Step: Attach these documents to the application form  (Ref.-No. GIGA-19-01):

  • Letter of motivation.
  • Research proposal of 2000 words max.
  • Additional academic writing sample.
  • A CV.
  • Simple copies of degrees and academic transcripts (BA, Diploma, MA).
  • Proof of English language skills.
  • A statement about intended funding for the duration of three years.

Third Step: Send your full application to (

you may refer to this link for frequent questions.

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