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ZEF Doctoral Studies Program

Training InstitutionCenter for development research / Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung
Type of degreeAdvanced Trainings
Type of programmepostgraduate research degree
Accredited by IAC EADINo
Type of learningon-campus learning
Location of studyUniversity of Bonn
Deadline for registrationFor citizens from Developing Countries: August 31st for the intake in August/September of the following year. For Germans, Europeans and citizens from other Developed Countries: May 31st for the intake in October of the same year
Start and finish dateCourse modules start in October, yearly. A two months German language course starts in early August, yearly.
Short descriptionThe Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn, Germany, offers a Doctoral Program for Development Studies in English language. The Program is an initiative to provide a high-qualification to up-coming young scientists engaged in political, social and natural sciences, economics, ecology, agriculture and management of natural resources. It offers doctoral degrees of a top academic standard.
In general, the Doctoral Program has a clearly defined length: Although the programme is exclusively in English, it starts with a German language course (duration 2 months) to facilitate living in Germany. After an initial phase of 6 to 12 months for preparation with a tightly-organised course program, the doctoral candidates conduct their research at their specific location abroad, in an environment with quality advisors and supervisors. After their empirical research (normally one to two years), the candidates return to ZEF for the write-up of their thesis. Although the individual phases of the doctoral thesis might vary according to discipline and subject, the complete duration is fixed. The doctoral thesis has to be accomplished within 38 months (including the German language course).
Website of programme
FeesNone, but accommodation, costs for daily living and costs for field research have to be secured; Scholarship available
Number of students on the courseapprox. 30 students per batch
For how long has the course been offered1999
Contact personGŁnther Manske
Phone+49 228 / 73-17 94
Fax+49 228 / 73-1889
KeywordsAgriculture, Climate, Culture, Development policy, Development theory, Economic development, Environment, Globalisation, Political development, Research, Rural development, Sustainable development, Water
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