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Lectures and working groups as part of the Summer and Winter School enable doctoral students to exchange ideas and to continue researching their work. Photo: GESI/Universität Leipzig.

PhD - Training

Since its foundation, GESI has been particularly committed to the modernization of doctoral education and has contributed to the success of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies. There are opportunities for doctoral studies in the subjects of Global Studies and European Studies as well as for joint research with doctoral students in other doctoral subjects represented at Leipzig University. This focus contributes to the agenda of the university’s strategic research area “Changing Orders in a Globalized World”.

Structured Doctoral Programme

Our institute offers the opportunity to complete three structured PhD programs.

GESI doctoral students participate in the training of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies, which is part of the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe) and works closely with the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) and the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), both in Leipzig, as well as the Max Planck Institute for Anthropology, in Halle, and the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1199 “Processes of Spatialization under Global Conditions”.

The graduate school’s approach is unique as it emphasizes a combination of global and transnational history, on the one hand, and international, regional, and transregional studies, on the other, including the study of commodity chains, international organizations, migration systems, and cultural transfers in the study of critical nodes of globalization. It offers a consistently structured curriculum and expert supervision through thesis advisory committees, as well as the opportunity to interact with a group of more than 120 other doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in the same field of interest.

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GESI and IPSS jointly offer a three-year interdisciplinary PhD program in the field of Global and Area Studies (with a special focus on peace and security in Africa). The program trains young scholars and professionals in globalization studies. It qualifies them to work in international organizations, conflict management, prevention and resolution, and early warning (as well as other areas of the emerging African peace and security architecture), among others. Our students also qualify as future lecturers, scholars and researchers for the rapidly expanding higher education sector in Ethiopia and its neighboring countries, empowering these future elites to "think globally."

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The Leipzig Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World offers interdisciplinary and cross-faculty cooperation of the institutions and faculties of Leipzig University dedicated to the study of France and Francophone cultures. It cooperates closely with the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris (rue d’Ulm) within the framework of a PhD programme sponsored by the Franco-German University on “Cultural Transfers: Contributions to a Transnational and Transregional History of Modern Times and the Present”. Here, students have access to a structured training programme as a specialization within the doctoral programmes in Paris and Leipzig.


The Max Planck Institute for Anthropology, together with Leipzig University, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, and Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, has established the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) “Global Multiplicity: A Social Anthropology for the Now”. The IMPRS is initially planned for six years and will host up to 40 doctoral students. For Leipzig University, Marian Burchardt, Megan Maruschke, Matthias Middell, and Maren Möhring are participating in the IMPRS as lecturers and supervisors.