FAQ - Doctoral Studies at the IRTG
The IRTG offers a structured PhD programme that works on two sides: In Germany with researchers from Berlin and Potsdam, and in Mexico with researchers located mainly in Mexico-City, but also in other areas. All researchers are working and collaborating on the topic of temporalities of the future (here you can find out more about the participating institutions: https://www.lai.fu-berlin.de/en/temporalities-of-future/3-institutions/participating_institutions/index.html).
The German side offers every three years posts to 12 PhD candidates who have majored in one of the disciplines represented by the IRTG. During these three years the PhD candidates individually work on their research topics, while participating at the structured programme (workshops, colloquia, etc.). The Mexican side offers each year travel grants to 10 PhD candidates who already have been granted a scholarship by CONACyT. By this way, PhD candidates of Mexican universities can travel to Berlin/Potsdam and participate at the programme of the German side.
You must have completed a master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Cultural and Social Anthropology, History, Literatures and Cultures of Latin America, Economics, Political Science, Sociology or Historical Education Studies. Moreover, your research project should be thematically related to the IRTG “Temporalities of Future - Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation”, and specifically to one of the following research lines: protagonists of the future, projections into the future or processes that affect the future.
Every three years there is a call for applications for new PhD candidates at the IRTG Berlin/Potsdam. Every year the Mexican side opens a call of application for PhD research stays (2-12 months) in Berlin/Potsdam. You will find both kind of Calls for application on our website.
Freie Universität Berlin is a public university. It charges some fees and contributions, which are around €313 per semester. This amount includes a semester ticket for public transportation in Berlin. The legal justification for these fees and contributions may be viewed here (in German and English).
Due to the COVID-19 regulations in place, the IRTG ‘Temporalities of Future’ has moved all of its calendar of events online. At the moment all form of contact, as well as all events, are taking place through an online meeting platform or through e-mail. However steps are being taken for a slow opening of the university and the plan is to make at least some events on campus possible in the upcoming winter semester 2021/2022.
Please bear in mind that we have to follow orders of the university and that the corresponding regulations are continuously being updated. For more information on this, please follow this link.