Welcome to the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Welcome to the Doctoral Center in Social and Behavioral Science (CDSS). The CDSS is part of the interdisciplinary Graduate School of Economic & Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim, founded in November 2006 and financed by the Excellence Initiative. The CDSS provides an English-taught doctoral program in the tracks of psychology, political science or sociology. 

The strength of a specialized, research-oriented university, such as the University of Mannheim, is coherence in substantial research areas, practicability of transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, and potential for cutting-edge research in focal areas. The University of Mannheim has always been a research-oriented university - with various disciplines in the social and economic sciences sharing a common methodological understanding and commitment to marrying innovative theoretical and empirical research.

This is where the CDSS with its emphasis on empirical and quantitative methods comes into play. The CDSS is the most visible locus where the University of Mannheim is training the next generation of researchers in the social sciences. We do that in close cooperation with the School of Social Sciences, the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), the  Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS), the Central Institute of Mental Health (ZI), the DFG research group 1410 "Contextualized Decision Making", the Otto-Selz-Institute for Applied Psychology and the newly established Collaborative Research Center 884.

The CDSS is an exciting place. Come and join us. We are looking forward to receiving applications from graduating students in the social sciences from all over the world for the next academic year by April 15, 2014.

Thomas Bräuninger
Professor of Political Economy and CDSS Academic Director

Flyer Intake 2015

Applications for admission into the next intake of doctoral program can be submitted from Nov 15, 2014, on.
Please refer to our webpage on Admission.


Center Manager


Jan Sebastian Ebert
L9, 7 (room 4.06)
68161 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 / 181-2053
Fax: +49 621 / 181-2042
E-mail: CDSS [at] uni-mannheim.de
Team Assistant 

Marion Lehnert
L9, 7 (room 4.08)
68161 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 / 181-2034
Fax: +49 621 / 181-2042
E-Mai:l GESS [at] uni-mannheim.de
Office hours:
Monday to Friday,
10am-12pm and 1.30am-3pm

Office hours:
Monday, 2pm-4pm
Tuesday, 2pm-4pm
Wednesday, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
Thursday, 9am-12pm
Friday, 10am-12pm


Best Jobmarket Paper in Economics Award for CDSE student Stefan Weiergräber


CDSE: core course exam schedule for fall 2014


Award for CDSE students Andreas Dzemski and Florian Sarnetzki


GESS Guest Lecture Eytan Sheshinski


GESS welcomes new PhD students and CDSS Professor


Award for Outstanding Research for CDSB Student Esad Smajlbegovic


Best Paper Award for CDSS Students Sebastian Pink and Lars Leszczensky


Demography Prize awarded to CDSS students Elias Naumann & Moritz Hess


CDSB student Benedikt Franke received the Best Conference Paper Award by the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)


CDSS PhD candidate Benjamin Engst to visit Emory University for research on judicialization of politics