GIGA Doctoral Programme

  • Welcome to the GIGA Doctoral Programme! The GIGA has a long tradition of integrating doctoral researchers into its institutional and research life, which culminated in the establishment of the GIGA Doctoral Programme. It offers an international working and learning environment for doctoral researchers wishing to pursue research in a structured yet flexible programme with close individual supervision and tailored training.

    Our programme currently hosts around 40 talented junior researchers, working on diverse topics and being active members of the institute’s research community. The institutional setting allows them to branch out into different research fields and to gain experience in a variety of academic approaches.

    With a high-quality training programme as well as research colloquia and other formats for exchange, the GIGA Doctoral Programme facilitates its members to conduct independent research, engage in academic debates, and acquire key skills for a successful academic career. We support our doctoral researchers in their individual development – as they establish their publication records, organise research stays abroad, and attend international conferences – towards a successful completion of their doctoral degree.

    The GIGA Doctoral Programme staff is responsible for administering and developing the programme as well as supporting doctoral researchers in successfully accomplishing their research projects and developing career perspectives in academia. In addition, our doctoral researchers enjoy the right to self-administrate their internal matters as a group, including holding a general assembly and electing representatives. We invite you to browse through our website to learn more about our programme, our doctoral researchers, and possible ways for you to join us. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the DP staff or our representatives of the doctoral researchers.

    DP Staff

    Dr. Maren Wagner (née Hoepfner)

    Acad. Director Doctoral Programme

    Charlotte Weber

    Student Assistant

    Representatives of Doctoral Researchers

    Houssein Al Malla

    Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers

    Indi-Carolina Kryg

    Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers

    Ardahan Özkan Gedikli

    Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers

    Spotlight on... | 26/01/2023

    "Spotlight on..." Archival Work

    GIGA Doctoral Researcher Diba Mirzaei recently went to the UK National Archives in London, to do research in their archives for her dissertation. Get to know more about Diba's visit to the archive in this interview.

    Prospective Doctoral Researchers

    The GIGA Doctoral Programme invites applications from self-funded prospective Doctoral Researchers to join the programme starting 1 October 2023. Screening of applications will begin on 1 February 2023.

    Spotlight on... | 19/01/2023

    "Spotlight on..." New Doctoral Researcher Houssein Al Malla

    Houssein Al Malla joined the GIGA Doctoral Programme in October 2022. He is currently working on his dissertation titled “Personality and Foreign Policy: The Role of Political Psychology in Accounting for the Outcomes of International Sanctions”. Get to know Houssein in this interview.

    Application and Funding

    If you are looking for the opportunity to pursue research in a structured yet flexible programme with close individual supervision and tailored training, you are welcome to apply to the GIGA Doctoral Programme. Our doctoral researchers are either self-funded or they work in one of the GIGA’s third-party funded projects. In addition, we offer the possibility to stay at the institute as a visiting doctoral researcher.

    Application and Funding


    Find out more about the members of the GIGA Doctoral Programme, including our doctoral researchers, supervisors, visiting doctoral researchers, and alumni.


    Courses and Events

    The courses and events of the GIGA Doctoral Programme offer doctoral researchers a comprehensive range of opportunities for further training and exchange. Here you can find a list of our events and register for upcoming courses.

    Courses and Events

    Networks and Partners

    The GIGA is a member of the Leibniz Association, which connects 96 independent research institutes from various disciplines that address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. Around 4,000 PhD students are supervised at Leibniz Association institutes in collaboration with partner universities. The Leibniz PhD Network promotes exchange among doctoral researchers within the Leibniz Association.

    The GIGA Doctoral Programme cooperates closely with a number of universities that award the doctoral degree to our doctoral researchers.


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