"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


Financial Support

Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences

Financial Support

The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences is committed to funding doctoral students in their research activities. Studying at the GESS is free of tuition fees. Admitted students are guaranteed one to five years of financial support depending on your chosen program and based on overall academic performance. Furthermore, PhD students with children receive additional financial support.

Financial assistance/scholarships are subject to the existing provisions/guidelines of the funding body and Scholarship Program.


The GESS administers and provides an extensive range of scholarships (~15,000 €/year):

Additional Funding

  • Completion scholarships
  • Funding for research stays abroad for periods between 3 to 6 months
  • Funding for scientific experiments
  • Comprehensive travel support
  • Best paper awards