PhD in Conflict Studies and Management Programme, Germany

Deadline: 31 July 2011
Open to: candidates with a Master’s degree with a strong research proposal preferably in the fields of post-conflict-management and reconstruction, peace building, institutional development and governance, regional security, conflict resolution or terrorism from countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, Africa and Latin America
Scholarship: monthly scholarship of 1000 €, travel allowance, study and research subsidy, contribution towards health insurance

Conflict Studies and Management Programme (CSMP) at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt – Scholarships for PhD Students

In line with the special focus of a public policy school, the research programme at the Brandt School looks at conflict management with a special interest in how policy-making and public policy as a research perspective (discipline) needs to be re-thought in the context of conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Originally, the key concepts in the field of public policy were based on   implicit assumptions about strong institutions and stable political conditions. However, nowadays it is becoming apparent that these approaches need to be revised to understand the special conditions and challenges in regions of conflict. In particular, the role of governments, international actors and NGOs as policy-makers in conflict areas, fragile states and war-torn countries are considered in the CSMP.

The PhD programme is a three-year-track combining independent research and course work on an advanced level.

In the first year of their doctoral studies students deepen their methodological and theoretical competence and work on their language skills. They are required to complete two courses per term, which are arranged with their academic advisors in advance. In addition, students will work on their research project in independent study units. In the second year, doctoral students focus on their own research project. Candidates may conduct field research and they may do research abroad either at one of our partner institutions or at an appropriate institution of their own choice or gain teaching/lecturing experience. In their third year, doctoral students will work towards completing their doctoral thesis. The degree is conferred after the public oral defence is completed and final revisions are submitted.


Candidates holding an appropriate Master’s degree with a strong research proposal preferably in the fields of post-conflict-management and reconstruction, peace building, institutional development and governance, regional security (esp. developing frameworks for regional security architectures), conflict resolution or terrorism are invited to apply. The strength of the research proposal is one of the major selection criteria.

Applications are open to candidates from countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, Africa and Latin America (List of countries).

PhD Scholarships

The PhD Scholarships are awarded for the normal duration of the PhD course (3 years) with an additional German language course of generally 6 months before the beginning of studies. All scholarships will initially be awarded for a maximum of 12 months and can be extended upon application.

DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of currently 1000 €. The scholarship also includes contributions to health insurance in Germany. In addition, DAAD grants an appropriate travel allowance as well as a study and research subsidy and in applicable cases rent subsidies and / or family allowances. The scholarship holders will be exempted from tuition fees. They will be offered special tutoring at the Brandt School, and there is the possibility of further activities.

Application Process

Application papers to be submitted include

  • DAAD application form for research grants and study scholarships (please download here);
  • Motivation Letter containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic / professional and personal reasons for wishing to participate in the programme;
  • A detailed and precise research proposal;
  • Full Curriculum Vitae including information about precise field of study and, if applicable, description of job or research experience;
  • Recent language certificates giving evidence of the level of proficiency in English (TOEFL, IELTS) and if applicable in German. Please make sure to register in time for the respective tests. Fees for obtaining such certificates are considered as a personal career investment and will not be reimbursed.
  • Two letters of recommendation by university professors and/or current or former employers;
  • Authenticated copies of all certificates.

The 3 complete sets of application papers must be submitted by 31 July 2011 to the usual application address in your home country (in most cases the local DAAD or diplomatic representation) .

Further information can be obtained from DAAD Section 444 (

The official webpage.

5 thoughts on “PhD in Conflict Studies and Management Programme, Germany

  1. I am so pleased to know about this PhD program on CSMP as I am seriously shopping for one. May I know if there is maximum age requirement to be admitted to the programme? Thank you.

    1. Dear Ruben,

      The school didn't seem to specify any age requirements, so I can't say for certain that there are or aren't any. Please contact the institution at the above mentioned address and ask them your question.

      Kind regards,

  2. i am a ghanaian holding an Mphil in development studies, my theses was on dispute resolution among an ethnic group in my home country. i have seen your institution on the internet. how do i apply to read a PhD in conflict resolution and peace management. thank you

    1. Dear Awunzina,

      Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to see this program in details. Regarding application process, please follow the instructions given in the "application section" of our post.

      Kind regards,
      Mladiinfo team

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