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Vacancy Announcement: Doctoral Scholarship in Political Science

The Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS) at the University of Cologne offers a three-year doctoral scholarship.


Doctoral Scholarship in Political Science

(three years, starting October 01, 2023)


The Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS) at the University of Cologne (UoC) offers a three-year doctoral scholarship to outstanding students holding a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Science, Economics, Sociology, or Statistics/Methods.


The graduate student will join the Political Economy lab (Prof. Dr. Michael M. Bechtel) in the Department of Political Science and European Affairs and the Cluster of Excellence “ECONtribute Markets and Public Policy”.


Your Profile

  • A strong interest in improving our scientific understanding of environmental and economic policy problems
  • Analytical skills combined with a thorough understanding of modern political science theories
  • Strong research design and quantitative methods skills
  • Ideally, proficiency in one or several of the following: experiments/causal inference techniques, survey methods, time-series analysis, quantitative text analysis


Your Tasks

  • Pursuing independent and collaborative political science research in one of the above areas
  • Participating in graduate-level courses, summer schools, conferences, and other academic activities within and outside of the department.
  • Successful completion of the graduate program. Coursework starts in October 2023


We Offer

  • a tax-free stipend of 1,515 € per month and an annual research account of 1,000 € for up to three years
  • a commitment to academic training and advising leading to a doctoral degree in Political Science
  • an environment that supports and rewards excellence
  • International academic collaboration and publishing
  • flexible work arrangements
  • a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Application Procedure

Application is online and in English only. The submission deadline is March 1st, 2023.
For further informationabout the CGS, please visit the School’s website
For more information on the application process and application documents, please visit the section on scholarship application.


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Office Prof. Bechtel (