PhD at the Graduate School of Economic Globalisation and Integration at the World Trade Institute

  • Phd
  • Not Funded
  • 31 March 2017

Our doctoral programme offers Master’s-level graduates in economics, political science and law the opportunity to further their professional and academic careers. As a PhD candidate, you will benefit from a structured programme that is designed to offer you maximum support in writing your thesis. This includes continuous feedback and academic guidance from our extraordinary global faculty – composed of leading scholars and practitioners from the world’s most renowned universities, policy research institutions, law firms and international organisations.

We take an interdisciplinary approach, continuously exploring the interconnections between economics, political science and law and how such linkages can be developed to enhance scientific theory and practice. In fact, this programme is targeted toward doctoral students who are interested in writing theses that cross the boundaries among the three disciplines.

Applicants must successfully complete two steps. First, they have to apply for supervision by submitting the application form and all specified required documents by email to

Second, applicants accepted for supervision must enrol at the University of Bern and register with the Admissions Office of the University of Bern. Accordingly, they need to fulfil the formal requirements established in the regulations of their thesis supervisor’s faculty.

Applicants can only be officially accepted by the WTI Doctoral School if they have successfully completed the process of admission to doctoral studies at the University of Bern.


In order to be admitted to the WTI Doctoral Programme, the PhD applicant must be accepted for supervision by an eligible professor and enrolled at the University of Bern.


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The University of Bern determines tuition and semester fees for all programmes. Students who have paid registration fees to the University of Bern are not charged a fee for participation in the doctoral programme. Two funded doctoral vacancies are currently available.

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