Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Self-Financed Doctoral Studies

Admission Requirements

As a doctoral candidate you should have an excellent Master, Magister, Diplom, or an equivalent degree in the field of Political Science (Law, Social Sciences, Economics) at a university or any equivalent and recognized educational institution. If you have completed your studies in any other academic field, the doctoral thesis committee will decide on your acceptance.

Key to admission is your dissertation project which should be presented as a compelling research proposal and which should correspond to one of the aforementioned research areas at the Brandt School.

For more information on requirements for doctoral students and the doctorate, please consult the doctoral regulations of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences. Please note that only the German version is legally binding.

Application Requirements

The application should include the following application materials and should be sent to

  • Curriculum vitae (1-3 pages)

  • Research proposal, including research question, literature review, workplan/timetable (5-10 pages)

  • Certificates of university degree(s)

  • Official transcripts from all colleges, professional schools, and universities

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Proof of English proficiency

Selection Procedure

Once we have received your complete application, a doctoral committee will convene and review your application. The application deadline for this year was March 31, 2016. Currently, the application period is closed.

Please note: Agreeing to be supervised by a faculty member at the Brandt School for a doctoral research project would require the doctoral student to enroll as a student at the University of Erfurt, and the usual doctoral degree conferred at University of Erfurt from the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences is officially a "Dr. rer. Pol.".

Financing your PhD

There are no tuition fees for doctoral students. Doctoral students need, however, to pay minimal service fees per semester (Semesterbeitrag), which is currently €219.30 per semester but is subject to change.

There are several ways to finance your studies in Germany: working as a research assistant at the university or in part time jobs, or via a scholarship. As positions for doctoral students at the Brandt School are very limited, we strongly recommend candidates to apply for scholarships. Please be aware that doctoral scholarships are highly competative and you need to apply in far in advance. A good overview of German funding organizations and scholarship opportunities for doctoral studies can be found on this website:"Research in Germany".

The Brandt School currenlty does not provide scholarships for doctoral students. 


Admissions and Student Recruitment

Raphael Zimmermann Robiatti           Student Recruitment Manager

Phone+49 (0)361 / 737-4646
Office Room 005