The Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) administers PhD programs in Political Science, Psychology and Sociology in close collaboration with the School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim.
The CDSS as part of the GESS was established through the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. The PhD programs are taught and administered in English. Admission is purely based on merit and open to excellent candidates holding either a Bachelor's or a Master's degree.
Admitted students receive a scholarship and there is no tuition fee. CDSS students are usually financed by a scholarship during the first year (1.250 €/month) of their studies. Afterwards, students are either funded by a continuation scholarship or teaching/research assistantships at the University of Mannheim. Students are also encouraged to actively pursue external funding options themselves.
Recent graduates of the CDSS programs have published in top academic journals, such as the European Journal of Political Research, Political Analysis, Educational Psychology or European Sociological Review, and have obtained academic positions at top European departments (e.g. LSE, University of Oxford, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Central European University Budapest) and worldwide, such as the Department of Political Science at Washington University, St. Louis (USA). Detailed placement information is available in the CDSS Alumni section.