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PhD in International Development Studies

Ruhr University Research School

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Duration: 36 months
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Quota: Up to 12 PhD candidates are accepted to the program annually
Application deadline: 30 April
Benefits summary: Covering study fees + 800€ cost of living

Last update: 26 March 2015

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The PhD in International Development Studies is an interdisciplinary and structured programme. It is implemented by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy on behalf of the Faculties of Geography, Law, Social Science, and Economics and is addressed to excellent young academics from all over the world who aspire to further scientific qualifications through a research project related to "International Development Studies" and have a strong interest in interdisciplinary work. Annually up to 12 PhD candidates are accepted to the programme. Participants can choose from a variety of tailor-made teaching modules while at the same time working on their own research projects. A supervisor is assigned to each research project. All supervisors of the PhD candidates hold professorial posts in the faculties involved. Teaching modules deal with developmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective such as State, Democracy, and Governance; Growth and Development; International Trade; or Economics and Culture. These seminars are complemented by courses on research methods and statistical analysis. Regular presentation and discussion of individual research projects form part of the semi-annual Research Colloquium in which all PhD candidates as well as supervisors take part. Courses on "Generic Skills" aiming at the training of key competences include seminars on Scientific Writing, Scientific Presentation and Professional (Scientific) Communication.

Candidates with an above-average advanced degree in Human Geography, Law, Social or Political Science, Economics, Development Management or related subjects from all over the world who wish to attain a further academic qualification through a research project related to "International Development Studies" and would like to be member of an international and interdisciplinary research group are invited to apply for a place in our new PhD program.

In general the grants are awarded according to the following criteria:

  • quality of the research project
  • qualification of the doctoral candidate
  • interest of the doctoral candidate to become a member of the highly interdisciplinary Research School


Study fees will not be charged for PhD students.

All PhD students have to register as
regular students of the Ruhr University Bochum.
The registration fee is around Euro 200 per
semester and includes the right to use public
transport facilities (SemesterTicket).

Cost of living account for approximately 800€ per month. In addition, travel expenses have to be met (e.g. traveling to /from Germany at the start / end of the program, field research).

Application information

The program starts every year in November.

The following documents are required:

  • Application letter which should give an idea about the motivation for applying to the PhD in International Development Studies
  • Full Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates and transcripts of university, studies, certificate of secondary education
  • English language proficiency certificate (IELTS Band 6 or TOEFL 550 paper based / 213 computer based / 80 internet based)
  • Short abstract / proposal of PhD project: working title and explanation of main aims of the research (2 pages)
  • two academic recommendation letters


Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Building GB, Room 1/59
Universitätsstr. 150
D-44801 Bochum

Phone: +49-(0)234 / 32-22418, -22243 Fax: +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294 E-Mail: ieeoffice@ruhr-uni-bochum.de