The GESS has successfully established an internationally competitive structural doctoral program contributing to the strong scientific reputation of the University of Mannheim in business, economics and the social and behavioral sciences. Students educated at the GESS have taken up assistant professorships and post-doc positions at internationally leading academic institutions such as Oxford, Harvard, LSE, Tilburg as well as positions in renowned international organizations and in the private sector. The vision of the GESS is to fully deliver the promise of excellence and to ensure that the GESS becomes a European leader providing top-level research and education in economics and the social sciences.
The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) integrates the disciplines of business, economics and the social and behavioral sciences into a coherent curriculum. It comprises
The schools premise is that excellence in research can only be achieved through excellence in a given discipline. For this reason, each doctoral center focuses primarily on achieving excellence in research in its own discipline. At the same time, teaching and research in the graduate school emphasizes those central methodological and quantitative-empirical blocks that are shared among the participating disciplines, as well as the substantive application areas that connect to more than one branch of modern economic and social sciences, thereby creating a coherent structure without compromising on quality in specialized research.
At the beginning of each program within the GESS, the students attend an intensive sequence of core and elective courses. These courses endow them with the necessary knowledge to engage in independent research. After the course phase, the students enter their thesis-writing phase. During this period they also have the opportunity to acquire teaching expertise in their chosen field. The entire program is taught exclusively in English. All admitted students receive funding unless financed from other sources.
The School is accredited by
Thanks to the funding by the German Science Foundation (DFG), first-year students can be fully financed by grants. Students who have successfully passed the first year of doctoral studies, will be funded either through grants or research / teaching assistantships. Doctoral grants are in the range of 1.200 (not subject to income taxation). Additionally, all students receive their own offices and equipment (laptops, pcs, software licences for own research etc).
The university has been certified as a family-friendly work and study place (audit Family-friendly University). The GESS contributes to this task by seeking to achieve a manageable scientific-work/family balance for students who are parents.
The GESS offers the following specific support measures for doctoral students with children:
The University of Mannheim holds a leading position among German universities, not only in research and teaching, but also concerning the range of leisure activities in and around the city. Mannheim is full of potential and offers a vibrant cultural life, as well as great sports facilities. In addition the city is packed with lively bars, venues and cinemas. For those who love nature, the banks of the Rhine and Neckar are in close reach of the university and make an ideal spot for relaxing or having a barbecue with friends.
There are plenty offerings for students to get involved in music and drama projects at the University of Mannheim. The University's Orchestra, the Drama group, the College Jazz Band and the Choir are glad to welcome new members.
Compared to well-known metropolitan cities as for example Munich, Hamburg and Berlin, the city of Mannheim offers similar opportunities at lower costs (e.g. accomodation): a great advantage for students living in Mannheim.
The University Welcome Center helps students to find their way in Mannheim once accepted at the GESS.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Mannheim!