Doctoral Fellowship in Economic Sociology and Political Economy, Cologne

Deadline: 28 February, 2013
Open to: candidates with a Diploma or a Masters degree in political science, sociology, organization studies or related fields
Scholarship: 1,468 EUR per month


The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) is a joint international PhD Program of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) and the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne.

Research explores the relationship between the modern economy and its social and political foundations. Building on a long tradition in sociology and political science, the school aims to combine and develop the approaches of new economic sociology, comparative political economy and organization studies.

The curriculum combines sociology, political science and organization studies, focussing especially on economic sociology and comparative political economy.


  • To be admitted students must hold an MA, Magister or Diploma in a discipline relevant to the School’s program (sociology, political science, economics, organization studies or related disciplines). Degrees must be received by September of the year starting the fellowship. Candidates must have a proven record of academic excellence.
  • The IMPRS aims to have a high share of international students. While students may write their thesis in German, they must be able to present their work at workshops and conferences in English. They must also be able to participate in courses during their first year that are taught in English and are based on literature that is only available in the English language. Special training in English writing is provided if required.


Students admitted to IMPRS-SPCE will receive a monthly scholarship of 1,468 EUR to cover their living expenses. The stipend is tax-free. Students with dependent children accompanying them will receive 400 EUR per month.

How to apply

Your application should be in English or German. Please use the online application forms. Your complete application for admission to the IMPRS- SPCE contains:

  • Your filled out application form including your contact information, educational background, the naming of two recommenders and your choice of which faculty members you want to meet if invited for an interview
  • Cover letter including motivation for entry to the IMPRS-SPCE program
  • Curriculum Vitae (including academic training and professional experience)
  • One example of scholarly work, up to 20 pages (seminar paper, chapter of your master thesis, etc.).
  • A list of possible dissertation topics with a short explanation of each (up to 5 pages in total).
  • Official transcripts/records of studies of all colleges/universities you have attended (scan or photocopy)
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Your application must be submitted by February 28. The application procedure is online.

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