PhD in International Development Studies

phdSince winter 2007, the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy has been offering an international English-language PhD programme in International Development Studies. It is implemented by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy on behalf of the Faculties of Geography, Law, Social Science, and Economics. Up to 10 PhD candidates are accepted to the programme annually. The programme builds on three fundamental pillars: It is a structured PhD programme with a strong interdisciplinary and international focus.


Please note that the application deadline for the 2017 intake of the PhD IDS programme has passed, and we are currently not accepting any new applications.
For the PhD IDS 2018 intake (for the programme start in November 2018) we will only accept online applications from 1 August 2017 onwards, and the next application deadline is 30 April 2018.

News & Announcements:

Welcome to the 11th Intake of the PhD IDS!

With an informal opening reception on 20 November, the IEE welcomed the new intake of the PhD programme in International Development Studies (PhD IDS). The interdisciplinary, structured PhD programme was first launched in 2007. 

2017 11 PhD Opening

This year, the IEE is happy to welcome four new full members of the PhD IDS programme: Ulemj Dovchin from Mongolia, Om Ki from Myanmar, Will Wright from the USA, and Katharina Girndt from Germany.

We wish all new PhD candidates much success for their doctoral studies and research projects!

Congratulations, Dr. Temory!

After successful defense of his PhD Thesis on Wednesday, 27th September 2017, Mohammad Dawude Temory from Herat, Afghanistan, has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

2017 10 DefenseTemory
Prof. Dr. Manfred Lösch, Mohammad Dawude Temory, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn

His thesis with the title "Determinants of Household Income in Afghanistan. An Empirical Analysis" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Manfred Lösch and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein. Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn chaired the oral exam.

Congratulations, Dr. Mihalik!

After successful defense of her PhD Thesis on Monday, 3rd July 2017, Éva Mihalik from Makó, Hungary, has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

2017 06 GraduationMihalik
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Eva Mihalik, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze, Dr. Martina Shakya

Her thesis with the title "Building Sustainable Peace: From Practice to Law de lege ferenda - Legal Assessment of the Concept ‘Post-conflict Peacebuilding’" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze and Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired the oral exam.

PhD IDS: Contact

BaeckerDr. Gabriele Bäcker

BeierRaffael Beier

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