University of Bonn
With a student population of 32,500, including around 4,000 interna- tional students, the University of Bonn is not only one of the largest institutions in Germany, but also an institution rich with tradition. Proof of its international reputation can be found in its partnerships with the most distinguished universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. The city of Bonn can look back upon a history of more than 2,000 years. In its role as a Federal City, Bonn is home to the headquarters of several international organizations.
The Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn, Germany, offers a doctoral studies program which is taught in English. The program is an initiative to provide high qualifications to young scientists with an outstanding master’s or equivalent degree in economics, social sciences, sociology, political science, development economics, agri- cultural and resource economics, agronomy, biology, ecology, forestry, mathematics or earth sciences.
Course focus :
Students may pursue their doctoral study under direct supervision by ZEF professors or be associated with ZEF while being supervised elsewhere. Arrangements within the selected German university are made to ensure that each student is accepted by a distinguished advisor and is suitable to their faculty. The majority of doctoral students are supervised by professors of the University of Bonn. The doctoral degree may also be obtained within “sandwich programs” from other qualified universities in Europe or overseas.
The Center for Development Research (ZEF) is a multi-facultative and interdisciplinary institution with three departments:
Political and Cultural Change Director: Dr. Eva Youkhana
Economic and Technological Change Director: Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun
Ecology and Resource Management Director: Prof. Dr. Christoph Borgemeister
By pooling the expertise of the three departments, this three-year doctoral program enables students to take advantage of ZEF ́s exceptional strength in interdisciplinary development research and cooperation with national and international institutions.
ZEF’s six core research areas take the emerging United Nation’s post-2015 agenda into account. In this regard, the six core research areas ensure a full thematic integration of ZEF’s scientific program and contribute in a sustainable way to the Center’s global research and development objectives: global change, poverty reduction, justice, maintaining diversity, risk management, and development.
The manifold aspects of global change such as continued human population growth, climate change, and geopolitical developments build an overarching frame under which the research agenda has been developed. As such, each of the six core research areas relates to the over sustainable development agenda, while accentuating a specific bundle of topics on which a particular focus is set. All areas are closely interlinked and overlap thematically:
Innovation,knowledge,andsciencepolicy Markets and public services
Mobility, migration, and urbanization Governance, conflicts, and natural resources Health, nutrition, and ecosystems
Land, water, food, and energy
These aspects have major implications for rural development and are used to facilitate sustainable development projects and research. More details are available at www.zef.de.
Course language : English
Entry requirements :
Admissions applications involves two steps:
Onlineregistrationthroughourregistrationportal,whichwillprovide applicants with a personal registration number. This registration number will be required to complete the application process.
One digital submission of all required documents in a single PDF file in the specific order listed on our website, to be emailed to the program coordinator’s office. A complete list of all the required application documents can be found on the ZEF website.
A few important considerations when applying are:
The language of application must be in English and should include the following documents: a one-page motivation letter, the ZEF application form, an abstract of the master or diploma thesis, funding and/or scholarship application or award, a curriculum vitae, a graduate research statement, and copies of all relevant certificates or degrees. The documents should be compiled into a single PDF file and emailed to the doctoral program’s office. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The graduate research statement is one of the most important selection criteria. The statement should describe a development program that you consider interesting, important, and relevant. Include your main research question, the proposed methods that are linked to them, and integrate literature references. The statement should not exceed four pages. The graduate research statement should relate broadly to ZEF’s research areas and thematics, or may also address a topic in another area of development research. The selection committee will assess all research statements on the basis of originality, analytic rigor, and relevance.
A successful application requires an excellent master’s or equivalent degree (GPA higher than 3.0 in the American system, a grade better than 2.0 in the German system or equivalent) in economics, political science, agricultural and resource economics, engineering, geography, mathematics, natural science or agriculture.
Course begins :
Application deadline :
The application deadline for DAAD scholarships for courses starting in the following year is August 31st.
For further information contact :
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Bonn Internation Geaduate School for Development Research (BIGS-DR)
Dr. Günther Manske
Phone: +49-(0)228-73-1794, -1727 Fax: +49-(0)228-73-1839 Email: [email protected] Website: www.zef.de