Visiting PhD students Programme at the Hertie School of Governance

The Hertie School of Governance is interested in hosting PhD students enrolled for doctoral studies at other universities for short research visits (usually for up to three months).

Visiting PhD students may participate in the research Colloquiums and other events hosted by the Hertie School. They will be offered desk space including a personal computer in a room with other Hertie School PhD studentsVisiting PhD students are eligible to participate in methods and professional skills workshops offered during their stay, if space is available.

How to apply

Prospective visiting PhD students should provide the following material to the PhD Admissions Team via email:

  • Letter of motivation, including: proposed dates of visit, reason for visit, and indication whether funding has been secured or is sought through the IPID4all project [see below]
  • Faculty member who should be asked to sponsor the visit
  • CV
  • Research proposal or outline of dissertation
  • MA transcript and degrees, PhD transcript
  • Proof of current enrolment as a doctoral student
  • Letter of recommendation from main advisor (emailed separately by main advisor)

All documents must be provided in English.

When to apply

Applications for the Fall Term (September through December) should be made before 1 June.
Applications for the Spring Term (January through May) should be made before 1 November.
Research stays during the summer (June through August) are not recommended. If you are interested in a summer stay, please get in touch before an application.


The PhD Team forwards your application to the indicated faculty member to check whether the faculty member supports your research stay. The PhD Board decides applications, taking into account that the School only has limited desk space for visiting PhD students. Applicants will be notified by the PhD Team.

Financial support

The Hertie School does not charge any fees from visiting PhD students. We are able to offer funding to selected visiting PhD students through the PHD GLOBAL project, promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the IPID4all programme.

Selected students will receive a travel lump sum depending on their country of residence and a per diem allowance. As an indication, the per diem allowance amounts to €1,500 for a six-week stay.

The funding can only be awarded to visiting PhD students who are currently enrolled at universities outside of Germany and who do not receive funding for the same purpose. Applicants should indicate in their letter of motivation whether they want to apply for funding through PHD GLOBAL.

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