13. Oktober 2012

PhD positions

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien seeks to hire (pending approval of external funding) up to four Doctoral Students.


Selected applicants will be given a half-time position at GIGA, with an initial contract of one year starting April 1, 2013. Following a positive evaluation of progress, an additional two-year contract will be offered. The salary is commensurate with TV-AVH/TVöD EG 13 (50%). The successful candidates will join GIGA’s doctoral programme as well as of one of GIGA’s research institutes (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East) and 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”).


Desired 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 that fits with GIGA’s research programmes. Priority will be given to those projects with a cross-regional or a comparative area studies focus.

- Strong command of the English language.


GIGA is looking for applicants with innovative research agendas who are committed to participating in an interdisciplinary and international doctoral programme and to contributing to GIGA’s goal of research excellence. The successful candidates will benefit from individual supervision of their research projects and will be fully integrated into a structured doctoral programme at one of Europe’s leading research institutes for area and comparative area studies.


The reconciliation of work and family life is of great importance to the institute. The GIGA promotes gender equality and actively encourages applications from women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration in those areas in which they are underrepresented.


Please send the complete application by January 15, 2013 (Ref.-No. GIGA-12-12) with the relevant supporting documentation: letter of motivation, CV, simple copies of degree and academic transcripts (BA, Diploma, MA), two letters of recommendation, proof of English language skills, MA thesis or two pieces of scholarly work, and a research proposal of 2000 words max. to: Kerstin Labusga, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Rothenbaumchaussee 32, 20148 Hamburg, Germany E-mail: (E-mail applications are particularly welcome. Please send as one PDF document.)


For further information, please visit the GIGA homepage ( or contact Stephanie Garling (E-mail:, phone: +49 (0)40-42825-761) and/or Dr. Leslie Wehner (E-mail: wehner@giga-hamburg, phone: +49 (0)40-42825-757).