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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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PhD Defenses at the GraSP

[13.11.2019] Yesterday, Andrew Matsiko defended his dissertation. With his research project "Local Taxes and ICTs in Uganda. Good Governance by Participation and Transparency", he is now the sixth successful alumnus of our Graduate School! The examination board consisted of Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting and Prof. Dr. Paul Kevenhörster.

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Workshops at the GraSP

[08 November 2019] Yesterday, the workshop "Key Elements of Political Science Papers" was held at the Graduate School. Led by Dr. Celeste Brennecka from the Writing Support Office of the University of Münster, the participants discussed the crucial components and the structure of political science journal articles. Moreover, they had a look at their own scientific publications as well.

Upcoming disputatio at the GraSP

[24.10.2019] On Tuesday, 12 November 2019, the disputatio of Andrew Matsiko will take place. His dissertation is titled "Local Taxes and ICTs in Uganda. Good Governance by Participation and Transparency". The disputatio starts at 14 p.m. sharp in room 101 at the Institute of Political Science, Scharnhorststraße 100. The examination bord consists of Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting and Prof. Dr. Paul Kevenhörster. We hereby extend an invitation to all interested and would like to wish good luck to Andrew!

New admission to the GraSP

[22.10.2019] On Thursday, 15 October 2019, Paul Meiners was accepted as the newest member of our Graduate School. We wish him all the best for his research project!

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Already the fifth successful disputatio this year

[15.10.2019] Last Thursday, Elnur Ismayilov has successfully defended his dissertation. Thus, the GraSP already counts five successful alumni this year! Mr Isymayilov's dissertation was titled "Russia's Military Interventions in Georgia and Ukraine: Interests, Driving Factors and Decision-Making" und was supervised by Prof. Dr. Sven Gareis and Prof. Dr. Thomas Dietz.

Congratulations!

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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!