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The Graduate School of Politics in Münster (GraSP) offers exceptional Ph.D. students from Germany and other countries the chance to complete a doctorate within three years through a structured study program and with excellent care and support service.
Our website provides information on current news and events of the GraSP. It will allow you to get to know the GraSP Münster and provide you with detailed information on the study program, the research groups as well as the application procedure.


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The fourth successful doctorate at the GraSP this year

[19.06.2019] While the first half of 2019 has not seen a lot of activity, June is the month of GraSP doctorates: after Anne Hennings and Christine Prokopf, Fabian Wenner has successfully concluded his doctoral research last Tuesday and is therefore the fourth member of the GraSP to complete his project in 2019. His dissertation titled "Liberal Legitimacy. The Justification of Political Power in the Work of John Rawls" has been supervised Ulrich Willems and Thomas Gutmann (Faculty of Law, Chair for Civil Law, Legal Philosophy and Medical Law).

Congratulations and all the best!

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This year's third successful doctorate at the GraSP

[07.06.2019] Following Christine Prokopf's successful disputatio last Tuesday, Ms Anne Hennings has now completed her doctorate at the GraSP as well, hence being the third member of the GraSP to conclude her research project at the GraSP this year. The dissertation titled "Mistrust, War-Fatigue, Unusual Alliances - Post-War Contestation of Land Deals and Repercussions for Conflict Transformation" has been supervised by Ms Doris Fuchs und Mr Thorsten Bonacker (University of Marburg).

We hereby wish her all the best for the future!

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This year's second successful doctorate at the GraSP

[05.06.2019] On Tuesdya, June 4, Christine Prokopf successfully defended and thus completed her doctoral project. She is thus the second member of the GraSP to finish her doctoral studies this year. Bein a longstanding research assistant at the Institute for Political Science, her project was titled: "Handeln vor der Katastrophe als politische Herausforderung: Mehr Vorsorge durch die Governance von Risiken."

Ms Prokopf has been supervised by  Prof.'in Doris Fuchs and Prof. Olvier Treib. We hereby wish her all the best for the future!

Disputations at the GraSP

[10.05.2019] Within the next weeks, three members of the GraSP will hold their disputatio in front of the respective board of examiners. We are delighted to invite you to all of those!

Disputatio of Ms Christine Prokopf

  • Date: Tuesday, June 4 2019
  • Topic: "Handeln vor der Katastrophe als politische Herausforderung: Mehr Vorsorge durch die Governance von Risiken"
  • Time: 1 p.m. s.t.
  • Place: Institute for Political Science, Scharnhorststraße 100; Room 101 (at the GraSP)
  • Board of Examiners: Ms Doris Fuchs and Mr Oliver Treib

Disputatio of Ms Anne Hennings

  • Date: Friday, June 7 2019
  • Topic: "Mistrust, War-Fatigue, Unusual Alliances - Post-War Contestation of Land Deals and Repercussions for Conflict Transformation"
  • Time: 9 a.m. s.t.
  • Place:  Institute for Political Science, Scharnhorststraße 100; Room 101 (at the GraSP)
  • Board of Examiners: Ms Doris Fuchs und Mr Thorsten Bonacker (University of Marburg)

Disputatio of Mr Fabian Wenner

  • Date: Tuesday, June 18
  • Topic: "Liberal Legitimacy - The Justification of Political Power in the Work of John Rawls"
  • Time: 2 p.m. s.t.
  • Place:  Institute for Political Science, Scharnhorststraße 100; Room 101 (at the GraSP)
  • Board of Examiners: Mr Ulrich Willems und Mr. Thomas Gutmann

We wish all the best to the doctoral students!

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R Workshop "quanteda" on June 27 and 28

[20.04.2019] In cooperation with the Graduate School of Politics and organized by Prof. Bernd Schlipphak, the Institute for Political Science will offer a workshop introducing the R package  quanteda this summer term. "quanteda" is a recent, yet already widely used R package for automated text analysis. Ken Benoit, one of the minds behind "quanteda" as well as one of the leading scholars in the research area of automated content analysis will hold the workshop which is mainly addressed to doctoral students, post docs as well as professors.

The most important information on the workshop:

Date: June 27/28 2019. On the first day, there will be an introduction into the programme, whereas on the second day, the use of the programme will be deepened.
Place: Scharnhorststraße 100 (Rooms will be announced on time).
Costs: None.
Binding application: Please send an e-mail as soon as possible to bernd.schlipphak@uni-muenster.de, indicating name and subject of studies. If there happen to be more applicants than free places, political science students will enjoy privileged admission.

Two new admissions at the GraSP

[10 April 2019] Following the start of the new summer semester, the Graduate School extends a warm welcome to two new members: Ms Karla Rubio and Mr Paulo Batistic will both pursue their doctoral studies at the GraSP!

Yimei Zhu defended her dissertation successfully.
Yimei Zhu defended her dissertation successfully.
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[19.03.2019] As the first member of the Graduate School of Politics in 2019, Yimei Zhu successfully defended her dissertation about "Electronic participation in China". Yimei Zhu was supervised by Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting. The GraSP wishes her all the best. Congratulations!

First Disputation in 2019

[06.03.2019] The Graduate School of Politics is pleased to invite you to the first disputation in 2019. Yimei Zhu will defend her dissertation about "Electronic participation in China" on 19th March at 3 pm in room 101. We are looking forward to an interesting disputation. The GraSP wishes Ms. Zhu much success.

New enrolments at the GraSP

[29.01.2019] The Graduate School of Politics is glad to welcome two new members in 2019. The GraSP board unanimously decided to affiliate Ms Beth Loveloady and Mr Roman Turczynski. We wish them all the best for the start at the GraSP and for their research project!

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Dispuations at the GraSP

[09.11.2018] As the fourth member of the Graduate School of Politics in 2018, Janina Grabs successfully defended her dissertation titled "The effectiveness of market-driven regulatory sustainability governance. Assessing the design of private sustainability standards and their impacts on Latin American coffee farmers’ production practices”. Janina Grabs was a part of the Research Group European and International Governance and was supervised by Prof. Dr. Dietz and  Prof. Graeme Auld (Carleton University, Ottawa). Congratulations!

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Disputations at the GraSP

[06.10.2018] Claudia Kaup successfully defended her dissertation titled  „Sucht und Drogen - ein Handlungsfeld Kommunaler Kriminalprävention Auswirkungen gesamtgesellschaftlicher Diskurse auf die lokale Sicherheitspolitik“. This makes her the third student of the GraSp to receive the doctor degree in 2018. Congratulations!

Three new admissions at the GraSP

[24.10.2018] In today's meeting of the board of the GraSP, three new members were unanimously appointed members of the GraSP. We are delighted to welcome Ms Blessmore Nhikitiki, Mr Benedikt Pahl as well as Ms Carolin Schönert at our Graduate School!