"Our mission is to train young academics according to best international practice with a strong focus on excellence in research." Prof. Thomas Bräuninger, CDSS Faculty


General Information


General Information

The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) is unique in Germany and one of the few graduate schools worldwide which foster the exchange of ideas, methods and approaches to research across the boundaries of the economic and the social sciences. It provides students with an enlarged scientific vision in a critical phase of their academic socialization and at the same time enables them to achieve excellence in their own field of research. Taking part in one of the PhD programs at the GESS prepares students for academic positions at leading universities and institutions around the world.

Benefits for GESS students

  • innovative research topics under the supervision of internationally renowned professors
  • meeting and working with graduate students from all over the world with various social and cultural backgrounds
  • a vibrant and international research community
  • no tuition fees and guaranteed financial support
  • own office space and first-class IT systems and software
  • one of the best equipped university libraries in Germany with over 1.5 million books and approximately 5.000 journals
  • a supportive and collaborative administration