Monday , November 28 2022

15 PhD Positions and Scholarships in Social Sciences – Germany

Applications are invited for Fully Funded 15 PhD Positions and Scholarships in Social Sciences, Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, Universität MannheimGermany.


The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim offers excellent opportunities for academically talented and highly motivated students with a quantitative orientation to pursue their doctoral degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Qualified graduates are encouraged to apply for the full-time PhD Programs starting in September 2020. 15 Scholarships will be offered to most qualified applicants.


Very good research-oriented Master’s degree (or an equivalent) in the respective field is required. Applications from students with excellent Bachelor degrees are considered as well. Applicants from neighboring fields can be admitted if their background is judged to be sufficient.

Within the Center of Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences we offer 3 programs:

• Sociology
• Political Science

Our doctoral programs provide unique interdisciplinary training across the boundaries of the economic and the social sciences to equip graduates to be academic leaders and decision scientists of the future. 

The first year of the program lays the critical foundation necessary for later work in field courses and dissertation and paves a path for the students to work in intense collaboration with our dynamic and outstanding faculties to learn the craft of research. This occurs both in theoretical projects and in empirical fields, where learning-by-doing transfers information about data sets, research strategy, and econometric tools. In the second year, students attend a number of courses in their field of specialization before they start their research and writing phase. 
The research results of our students and graduates are regularly published in leading journals.

Benefits under PhD Scholarships in Social Sciences

  • All Ph.D. Programs in English
  • Generous monthly Scholarships
  • Internationally recognized professors
  • Research stays with partner universities
  • Own office space in a brand new building
  • Personal laptop and software
  • Job market training
  • No tuition fees
  • Government-funded first-class education


The application period will end on March 31, 2020. 
Applications handed in before January 31 will be treated as early applications and decided on before the official deadline.

We solely offer online application and applicants must submit their information and documents through our online application portal.
Applications sent in via mail will not be considered.