Graduate Program: PhD European Global Studies

The Graduate Program in European Global Studies of the Europainstitut offers a structured doctoral program at the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the University of Basel.

A PhD project in European Global Studies is of special interest to young researchers who want to pursue an innovative interdisciplinary approach.

In contrast to the individual doctorate (without connection to a graduate school), the graduate program aims at strengthening the networking activities among doctoral students, while at the same time integrating them intensively into the research environment. Events such as the PhD-Day, the PhD-Project Lab as well as meetings and conferences organized by the doctoral students serve this purpose. Doctoral students also have the opportunity to apply for project-related grants for travel expenses and conferences, as well as to receive support in raising their own third-party funds.

The Commission Graduate Program European Global Studies is responsible for the strategic management of the program. The members of the commission include the president of the Subcommission of the Interfaculty Commission (IFK-UK), two representatives of the Institute’s subject areas other than European Global Studies, including at least one professor from group I. The third representative may be a member of group II or an assistant with a doctorate/PhD. The Commission is elected by the Steering Committee of the Institute for European Global Studies. The faculty of the graduate program includes the professorate of the Institute as well as associate members from groups I and II who are supervising dissertations in the context of the program. They regularly engage in conversations about the strategic profile of the graduate program.

For further information about and the requirements for the PhD in European Global Studies please consult the website of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (in German).

Quick Facts
DegreeDr. phil. in European Global Studies
InstitutionFaculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences (in German)
Course duration

The doctoral agreement specifies the duration of the PhD. During the PhD studies at least 18 credit points have to be acquired, of which at least 12 in the subject-specific and methodological skills. For further information please see the Guidelines to the Doctorate of the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences

Doctoral agreement
Doctoral agreement fact sheet

Tuition feeCHF 350 per term*
Application feeCHF 100*
Start of programAutumn or spring

Admission to the PhD program does not include a position as a research assistant or a bursary. PhD students have to organize their funding on their own or with the support of their supervisors.

Further information:
PhD guide of the University of Basel
Information on PhD funding of the University of Basel

Type of programAffiliation to Graduate Program
Application deadline5 January (spring term) / 31 July (autumn term)
General admission rules and inscriptionSee Guidelines to the Doctorate (explanation of PhD regulations) and Promotionsordnung (PhD regulations, in German) of the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences
Who can supervise a PhD?

See Guidelines to the Doctorate (explanation of PhD regulations) and Promotionsordnung (PhD regulations, in German) of the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences

If you are interested in a PhD, you have to contact your supervisor first and agree with him or her on the topic of the PhD. You can start your PhD only with his or her confirmation.

Admission guidelines

The admission guidelines are regulated by the Promotionsordnung (PhD regulations, in German) of the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences. A Master's degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the PhD is required. A Master's degree in European Global Studies is particularly relevant, furthermore relevant are interdisciplinary or disciplinary degrees in law, economics, political science, sociology, communication and media studies, social and cultural anthropology or ethnology, history, philosophy or other degrees with a specialisation on European or Global Studies.

Application Form Graduate Program


For questions regarding the regulations (esp. admission and recognition of degrees):
Student Administration Office

For questions regarding the scientific program of the PhD:
Dominique Biehl

*General fees and application fees of the University of Basel, subject to modifications

Research Colloquia

The professors of the Institute for European Global Studies regularly offer research colloquia. PhD students and PostDocs of other academic disciplines interested in attending can participate upon request (only with registration).

  • Colloquium PhD Project Lab (Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Prof. Dr. Ralph Weber). Information and registration: Dominique Biehl.
  • Research Colloquium European Global Studies: Current Debates in History & Politics (Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Dr. Philippe Major):Information and registration:
  • Research Colloquium European Global Studies: Current Debates in Culture & Society (Prof. Dr. Susanna Burghartz, Prof. Dr. Ralph Weber):
  • Working Lunches: We regularly organize internal discussions about topics in current research projects with international fellows, MA and PhD students, as well as other members of the Institute. Information and registration: