Scholarships & Fees

There are no tuition fees. PhD students will receive funding for the expected length of the program - four years. For the course phase, a stipend of 1,200 Euro per month is provided;  funding during the research phase is normally provided through employment at one of the BSE’s member institutions: DIW Berlin, ESMT, Free University Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technical University Berlin, and WZB Social Science Center Berlin. Funding for the research phase is conditional on having fulfilled the Performance Criteria.
Note that the universities charge a semester fee of approximately 280 - 315 Euro per semester. This provides access to public transport in Berlin at no additional cost. However, university enrollment is not required during the first year of the program.
An extensive list of other scholarships for doctoral students and funding for postdocs can be found here.

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PhD Tracks



Daniela Centemero

Applications officer


Tel: +49 30 89789‑547