The Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn has a structured, interdisciplinary doctoral program

The Bonn International Graduate School for Development Research (BIGS-DR) is based at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), an institute of the University of Bonn. The University of Bonn is one of Germany’s 11 Universities of Excellence and runs 12 International Graduate Schools, among them BIGS-DR. The structured and interdisciplinary doctoral program was established in 1999 and has since offered outstanding opportunities for conducting development research, establishing international collaboration, and taking part in a tailored qualification program.

Research topics

ZEF’s doctoral program is an excellent choice for those seeking to build a career in the field of sustainable development, including research, project development and implementation, or policy-making. Topics of special research interest at ZEF include Agriculture, land use, climate change; Water resources (management); Biodiversity; Food and nutrition; Health; Gender; Migration, mobility, and urbanization; Governance and conflict; Markets and services; Innovation and science policy.


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