Doctoral Programme

Welcome to the doctoral programme of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). The GIGA has a long tradition of integrating young researchers into its research structure. This tradition culminated in the establishment of the GIGA Doctoral Programme. This programme seeks to provide a platform for young, international, and German academics, from which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of comparative area studies (CAS).

The GIGA Doctoral Programme offers an international research environment, close collaboration with senior researchers, and excellent supervision. The three-year programme allows doctoral students to branch out into different research fields and to gain experience in a variety of academic approaches. We support our doctoral students as they establish their publication records, organise research stays abroad, and attend international conferences. In addition, we offer a range of methodological and theoretical courses taught by experts from around the world as well as research colloquia that lead our doctoral students to a successful completion of their doctoral degree.

Thank you for your interest in the GIGA Doctoral Programme. We are proud of the institute’s excellent academic tradition and invite you to browse through our website to learn more. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, the programme coordinator, other GIGA staff members, or our doctoral students directly.

Dr. Maren Wagner

Dr. Maren Wagner (née Hoepfner)

Acad. Director Doctoral Programme

Upcoming Events

Soft-Skills Seminar | 10.11.2020 to 08.12.2020
Winter Term Seminar | 04.12.2020 to 18.12.2020



Martin Ostermeier successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Göttingen.

Michael Strautmann successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Hamburg.

Jan Bellgardt successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Hamburg.


GIGA DP application form

Handbook for Doctoral Students