Social Sciences


Research Opportunities in Germany

Interesting PhD opportunities for Social Sciences Bonn Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Development

Reserach (BiGS-DR) at Universität Bonn, Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF) - Center for Developing Research.

The programme is an initiative to provide a high qualification to upcoming young scientists engaged in political, social and natural sciences, economics, ecology, agriculture and management of natural resources.

Research is being done in the fields of:

  • Political and Cultural Change
  • Economics and Technological Change
  • Ecology and Resource Mangement

This doctoral programme is part of the DAAD funding scheme "Development-Related Postgraduate Courses, Educating Professionals for Sustainable Development"

For more information, visit On this website, you will also find abstracts of doctoral research projects in progress. This may help you to develop your own topic and research design.

Please note that you have to register online before submitting your application. Find all information about the application documents on the above mentioned website.

In addition to the application to the ZEF, you have to submit an application for a DAAD scholarship. (More information)

Application deadline:  August 31 at ZEF directly

Agricultural Economics and Related Sciences (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and University Hohenheim)

Candidates with higher M. Sc., or M. A. scores/grades in agricultural economics, economics, environmental science, natural resource management, rural development or related degrees within the social sciences are eligible to apply for the program.

Please find more information at the Website of Giessen University or the Website of Hohenheim University. Here, you will also find the Phd research topics of recent and former PhD students. This may help you develop your own research topic.

This doctoral programme is part of the DAAD funding scheme "Development- Related Postgraduate Courses, Educating Professionals for Sustainable Development". Please read all information at this website very carefully

Deadlines of application:
November 30 at the universities


Please read the application instructions on the websites of the universities very carefully.
Submit three complete sets of applications.
You may submit your application to any of the two universities. Your placement will be decided on the basis of your research proposal (read the guideline in the section "Postgraduate Courses" very carefully).