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RTG 1723 Globalisation and Development (PhD) University of Gttingen



Georg-August-Universitt Gttingen
PhD Development Economics

In cooperation with Christiane Fuhlrott

Platz der Gttinger Sieben 5
37073 Gttingen
Leibniz Universitt Hannover
CRC "Poverty, Equity & Growth in Developing Tel. +49 (0) 5 51-3 92 04 58
Countries" (Gttingen)
DFG Research Unit "Vulnerability in Southeast Asia"
E-mail [mailto:info@glad.uni-hanno
Planned: Development Economics Research Group ver.de]
(DERG), University of Copenhagen Course website [http://www.glad.un
Course language(s)

Courses are held in English. Submit application to

Georg-August-Universitt Gttingen
GRK 1723 "Globalisierung & Entwicklung"
Admission semester
Platz der Gttinger Sieben 5
37073 Gttingen
Please enquire Germany


Please see: http://www.glad.uni-hannover.de [http://ww


Programme duration

Three years

Application deadline

Please see: http://www.glad.uni-hannover.de [http://ww


Course content

The rapid pace of globalisation impacts developing

countries in fundamental ways. From an economic
point of view, globalisation is characterised by
increased international flows of capital, goods,
services, labour and information. Our group analyses
the impacts of these flows in developing countries:
What are the opportunities and threats for development
that come with particular aspects of globalisation and
how will these have repercussions on institutions and
policies? In our analysis we focus on the micro-level
and study individuals and households in developing
countries as to how they are affected by macro-level
trends in globalisation.
The qualification concept encompasses six
components, whereby the first four are related to the
study programme: (1) compulsory courses in
economics, including empirical methods; (2) elective
courses with a strong focus on globalisation and
development, including guest researcher lectures; (3)
participation in research courses, including the weekly
research seminar with high-level presenters, and other
courses described below; (4) participation in
competence training including soft skills training; (5)
field visits for all students; (6) internships for all
interested students.
The integration of leading international scholars is a
core characteristic of the study programme. This has
three elements:
Firstly, our programme will be designed in cooperation
with the Scandinavian PhD programme in development
economics, i.e., every student can choose at least one
course from the Scandinavian curriculum and we offer
reciprocity in this respect.
Secondly, Gttingen and Hannover will invite leading
academics to hold courses of interest.
Thirdly, we will arrange forms of direct communication
between visiting researchers and students. Students
have the opportunity to arrange small workshops with
our guests in order to present some of their research
and to discuss it within this forum.

Additional qualification measures:

Integration of international students
Promotion of gender equality
Conference presentations and field visits for all
Internships for all interested students

Educational organisation

Globalisation and Development was approved for

funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in
late 2011. The RTG started in April 2012. The
programme builds on the broad experience of the
Gttingen and Hannover researchers involved, and of
their partners around the world.
The study programme is structured into a first year
which is largely filled with compulsory and some
elective courses (and possibly language classes).
However, even during the first year we intentionally
leave room for PhD students to prepare their own
research and to discuss initial ideas informally in their
brown bag seminar (students meet on a par and
present/discuss their current state of research/thesis
ideas and get feed-back from the others. Supervisors
might be invited on some occasion, though). The
second and third years comprise only a few courses
held by guest researchers and the weekly research
seminar, and thus leave much room for students to
concentrate on their own research and finish their
Even though students live in two cities, their
coursework and seminar series are taken together.
This is possible due to the relatively short distance
between the cities and due to the free train rides
between Gttingen and Hannover which are included
in the enrolment fee.
Supervision of PhD dissertations is characterised by
elements which are agreed upon from the very
beginning in the "advisory agreement"
(Betreuungsvereinbarung) between the student and the
Each doctoral researcher is supervised by a thesis
committee consisting of three members. Two advisers
are typically from within the RTG 1723, whereas the
third member of the committee will preferably be
external, i.e. not a member of either faculty.

Study abroad unit(s)

Field visits and internships

Forms of assessment

Written exams, oral exams, homework, presentations

15 ECTS for compulsory courses
6 ECTS for elective courses
6 ECTS for research seminars and research
3 ECTS for successful attendance at courses on
academic research training and presentation of
research proposals

ECTS credits


Course objectives

The objective of the qualification is to enable students

to discuss and to conduct internationally competitive
research. It is instrumental to this objective that
participants learn necessary theoretical methods,
empirical methods and soft skills, and that they interact
in the envisioned, internationally diverse RTG.
Participation will make students more competitive in
academia and other relevant job markets.
Due to the ongoing globalisation and development
process, there will be plenty of demanding jobs related
to this change in the world economy. Future jobs for
successful RTG students will be in four main areas: (1)
graduates can embark on an academic career at
various research and training institutions around the
world; (2) graduates can join international organisations
(such as the World Bank, IMF, UN organisations,
regional development banks, OECD, etc.) that are part
of the globalisation and development process; (3)
graduates may join national institutions in developing
or developed countries in various fields, such as policy-
making or development institutions; (4) finally, the
private sector also offers plenty of opportunities for
RTG graduates, including jobs in consultancy, strategic
development, or jobs in all kinds of firms that work in
an international environment.

Tuition fees

Currently, there are no tuition fees for international

students at the University of Gttingen.

Enrolment fees

Enrolment fees are approx. 300 EUR per semester.

Fees include a pre-paid semester ticket which entitles
students to use regional trains free of charge within the
federal states of Lower Saxony and Bremen, as well as
city buses. Students of the University of Gttingen
receive discounts for cultural events. Meals and drinks
are also available at reduced prices at all university
http://www.uni-goettingen.de/fee [http://www.uni-goettin

Costs of living

The average cost of living in Gttingen is modest

compared to other major university cities in Germany.
Currently, expenses for accommodation, food, health
insurance and books reach approx. 700-750 EUR per
month. Please note that fees for health insurance may
vary according to age. Living expenses might be
slightly higher.

Job opportunities

The university supports students in finding part-time

jobs in local industries and businesses. A number of
student jobs are also available at the university. Please
note that restrictions may apply with your scholarship
or work contract.

Language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English have to

prove a good working knowledge of English. Their
proficiency in English must be certified with an
internationally recognised test.

Academic requirements

Prerequisite is a Master's degree from an acceptable

university with clear above-average success. The
degree must have been earned in one of the fields of
economics and should be related to our research topic.

Where to apply

Georg-August-Universitt Gttingen
GRK 1723 "Globalisierung & Entwicklung"
Platz der Gttinger Sieben 5
37073 Gttingen

Arrival support

The coordinator of the research training group is the

contact person who will provide or organise help.
The International Office provides a complimentary pick-
up service ("Buddy Exchange Service") from Gttingen
railway station to the accommodation. German
students help newly arrived students to adapt to the
university and the city during their first weeks. There is
also an orientation week for new international students,
which provides valuable information about Gttingen
and the university.

Services and support for

international students

The International Office assists international students

with all administrative questions regarding their stay in
Germany, e.g. enrolment, visa, foreigners' registration
office, health insurance and financing of their studies.
Furthermore, it features a broad cultural programme,
e.g. international cultural evenings, language
workshops, theatre courses, films, dance classes,
theatre and opera visits. Trips to various tourist
destinations in Germany are offered throughout the


The International Office, in collaboration with the

student services organisation ("Studentenwerk"), helps
students find adequate accommodation. Many
international students live in student residences. These
have single apartments or shared apartments with
individual rooms. There are also apartments available
for couples and families with children.
Please note: for doctoral students, accommodation
services are only available for students with a low

Course website

www.glad.uni-hannover.de [http://www.glad.uni-hannov

About the university

University of Gttingen - Committed to Excellence

Founded in 1737, Georg August University Gttingen
is a research-led university of high international
standing. The university is renowned for its diverse
range of academic disciplines, its research-oriented
teaching, and its outstanding scientific environment, in
which more than 40 Nobel laureates have either
studied, taught or pursued their research.
Currently, 31,000 students are enrolled at the
University of Gttingen, 12% of whom are international
students. In 2015/16, Times Higher Education (THE)
ranked the University of Gttingen as one of
Germany's top ten universities.

Variety of study programmes

The University of Gttingen offers a vast variety of
academic programmes for undergraduate and
graduate studies. Internationally renowned, expert
researchers teach in more than 40 academic
disciplines. More than 25 full-time undergraduate and
graduate programmes are taught entirely in English.
Two international fast-track MSc/PhD programmes
prepare students for a unique career in scientific
research. In addition, double degree programmes with
important international universities are available.

Guidance and supervision

Students are given comprehensive advisory and
supervisory support in all phases of their studies. Since
advice and guidance are crucially important for the
successful outcome of a university career, the
university is constantly optimising and extending its
performance in this area.

Excellent library
Gttingen State and University Library (SUB) maintains
a top position among German academic libraries,
offering holdings of 8 million media units and a broad
range of services for study and research purposes. The
library plays a leading role in a large number of national
and international projects involving the optimisation of
literature and information provision as well as the
establishment and development of digital research and
information infrastructures. Its scope of activities
include the cooperative development of a Germany-
wide service infrastructure for the acquisition,
licensing, and provision of electronic resources; the
coordination of large-scale joint research projects for
developing research infrastructures in the humanities
and cultural sciences in Germany; and the consortial
establishment of Open Access research infrastructures
linked across Europe and the world.

Alumni worldwide
As a member of the Alumni Network, you will continue
to be part of the international "Gttingen University
Family" even after your studies have come to an end.
The network currently unites more than 17,000 alumni
from all over the world. Members have the opportunity
to maintain their friendships and to cultivate their
contacts with other people of various ages and
nationalities who have been involved with the
See: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/international-student
s [http://www.uni-goettingen.de/international-students]

Total number of students


Total percentage of
international students

12 %

About the city

Gttingen - a good place to live and study

Gttingen, with a population of approx. 116,000, is a

city where tradition and innovation complement one
another perfectly. The historic quarter with its
excellently preserved timber-framed houses on the one
hand and the University of Gttingen with its 31,150
students on the other create a lively atmosphere that
would be hard to find elsewhere.
The university departments and buildings are mainly
located on two campuses and are within easy walking
or cycling distance from each other. Accommodation
for 5,000 students and excellent canteens run by the
student services organisation ("Studentenwerk") allow
for a high quality of life at low cost.

The local economy includes many innovative

technology enterprises in the sectors of measurement
and control engineering, biotechnology, optics, medical
technology, and information technology. Some of these
companies are spin-offs from university research
projects. Many of them offer students internships and
student jobs.

The university cooperates closely with non-university

research institutes in Gttingen. Together, they form
the Gttingen Campus - a network of top-level
research institutes. This network includes five Max
Planck Institutes and the Gttingen Academy of
Sciences as well as the German Primate Center and
the German Aerospace Center. The Gttingen Campus
has created an open environment in which students,
doctoral candidates and experienced researchers can
develop fresh and innovative ideas. Numerous
scientists and scholars from the non-university
research institutes lecture at the university and joint
professorial appointments create bridges between the
university and campus partners. This structure
supports "Georgia Augusta's" reputation as one of the
most research-oriented universities in Germany.

Situated in the geographical centre of Germany and

Europe, Gttingen has excellent travel connections:
Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt are only a two-hour
train ride away. But you don't have to go that far to take
a break because Gttingen itself offers many
alternatives for recreational activities. Gttingen boasts
three theatres and a symphony orchestra. Many
cinemas, cafs, and pubs provide numerous
opportunities to meet like-minded people and to enjoy
yourself. Or you can play an active role in the student
union, which sponsors many cultural and recreational
events. Last but not least, the city and the university
offer a variety of activities for sports enthusiasts.
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