The Bonn International Graduate School for Doctoral Studies Scholarship Program 2017

The deadline for the scholarship  is August 31st, 2017.

The Bonn International Graduate School for Doctoral Studies aims at attracting young scientists from all over the world with an outstanding master’s or equivalent degree in economics, social sciences, sociology, political science, economics, development economics, agricultural and resource economics, agronomy, biology, ecology, forestry, mathematics or earth sciences. Candidates preferably have work experience in national or international research institutions, governments, or the private sector. Interest in interdisciplinary research is a prerequisite.

What are the main selection criteria?

Academic qualification: an excellent master or equivalent degree (G.P.A. higher than 3.0 in the American system, or a grade higher than 2.0 in the German system or equivalent).

Innovative research ideas: Your application must contain a Graduate Research Statement. The statement should describe a development problem you consider interesting and important; include your main research questions and the proposed methods linked to them; and have literature references. The statement should have a maximum of 4 pages. Your Graduate Research Statement may relate to ZEF’s research areas in a broad sense of may address a topic in another development research area. The selection committee will assess all research statements on the basis of orgininality, analytical rigor, and relevance.

Language proficiency: ZEF’s doctoral program is conducted in English. We therefore require the following English language skills:

  • IELTS certificate (band 6)
  • TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based)
  • Other English language certificate from a language institution
  • University waiver that indicates the language of instruction was in English

There is no age limit for applying to the doctoral program at ZEF. However, your last academic degree should be obtained less than six years prior to application.

Application Process

Step 1: Online registration is currently open.

First of all, you have to register online. During the online registration, you will be asked to enter your personal data and information. After you have completed your online registration, you will receive a confirmation per e-mail containing your personal registration number and all further necessary information for your application. Please use this number in any correspondences with us.

Step 2: Application for admission.

Please note that your online registration helps to accelerate the admission procedure. It is NOT a substitute for the required documents to be sent by email to the program’s office.

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