Welcome to the Graduate School of Global Politics

As a pioneer in German-Chinese academic cooperation, the Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP) enters a new stage of academic dialogue between the two countries. The first joint doctoral program between China and Germany in the Social Sciences invites students to pursue their PhD in a three-year program. GSGP is offered by Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) in cooperation with its four renowned Chinese partners Fudan University, Jinan University, Renmin University (RUC) and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). Soon its collaboration with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) will start as well.

PhD candidates of the Graduate School of Global Politics benefit from working with experts in their chosen fields of interest, while focusing on dissertation topics in International Relations (IR) with an emphasis on European-Chinese relations. In this way, they develop new ideas to promote bi- and multilateral cooperation and contribute to the international academic dialogue. GSGP provides its students with a truly international environment, bringing together students and faculty from all around the world. The study program is multidisciplinary so that students get the chance to broaden their horizon considerably.

At GSGP, participants benefit from:

  • Supervision of the dissertation by an international team of professors from Freie Universität Berlin and a Chinese partner university,
  • Individual research and coursework abroad during a six to twelve months stay in the partner country,
  • Innovative online-modules on International Relations theories and methods in Social Sciences granting students a high degree of independence regarding time and location for studying,
  • Electives that foster skills in preparation for future research, teaching, and research management.

In addition to valuable international research experience, PhD candidates at GSGP gain access to an extended German-Chinese academic network and the opportunity to prepare for an outstanding career in research-oriented occupational fields.


The Graduate School of Global Politics is a program designed by the Center for Global Politics (CGP) at Freie Universität Berlin. The CGP, founded in 2007, aims to deepen the understanding of today´s global challenges and related political, economic and social causes and impacts.


Please contact us for any question.

Email: phd@global-politics.org


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