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The European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies 2011

Apply from January 3 to February 16, 2011

Sess.EuroPhD invites applications to the Doctoral Program 2011 commencing on October 1 as part of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies is an international, interdisciplinary graduate program cooperating with nine partner universities. The doctoral degree Doctor Europaeus is awarded upon completion of the program.

Sess.EuroPhD is a three-year doctoral program. An essential part of the curriculum is the experience gained through the study at partner universities. PhD candidates are required to spend at least one semester as well as a shorter research stay of 4–6 weeks abroad. The doctoral candidates have the opportunity to draw from the teaching, supervision, and knowledge of more than 40 academic instructors at the nine partner universities in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Haifa, Lille, Rome, Southampton, and Tampere.

Dissertation projects from the following seven major areas of interdisciplinary research are welcomed:

1. The interrelationship between economic and social structure
2. Processes of change in economic organizations and institutions
3. Markets as social structures and networks
4. Labor markets, employment and conflict
5. Welfare state analysis and social security
6. Economic and social inequality and perceptions of social justice
7. Social ethics of the market in face of globalization

Admission is based on academic excellence and is open to students with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics or the social sciences. Applicants from countries other than those of the partner universities are encouraged to apply. English proficiency at an academic level is assumed.

Applicants starting at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin automatically become members of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS). The BGSS awards scholarships of up to 1200€/month for a maximum of 36 months, contingent on the successful completion of each year. Applicants with alternative funding are welcome. Applications for the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin must be submitted online at from January 3 to February 16, 2011.