Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
University of Cologne
The ProgramThe Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and the University of Cologne offer a joint doctoral program with Sciences Po in Paris.
Students participating in the program conduct doctoral research projects in economic sociology, political economy, or organization studies. They are part of both the IMPRS-SPCE in Cologne and the Graduate School in Sociology and Political Science, which is run by the Ecole Doctorale at Sciences Po. Each student is held to the requirements of both institutions, but the work done at the partner university is mutually recognized.
Students enrolled in the Franco-German Doctoral Program spend at least two semesters at the partner institution. During the course of the program they take courses, conduct research and write a dissertation under the joint supervision of advisors from both institutions. They also benefit from research seminars offered jointly to students from both institutions.
An excellent command of English and either French and German is mandatory, as well as a good working knowledge of the third language. Most courses are taught in English.
Up to two students from each institution can enter the cotutelle-program per year.
How to apply
Applying via the IMPRS-SPCE in Cologne
Potential cotutelle participants applying through the IMPRS-SPCE follow the regular regular application procedures for the IMPRS and indicate their interest in the Franco-German Doctoral Program by checking the box on the application form.
Interest in the Franco-German Doctoral Program does not affect an applicant's chances of being accepted into the IMPRS-SPCE.
Deadline for applications is February 28th.
Applying via Sciences Po
If you are currently enrolled in Sciences Po's doctoral programs in sociology or political science, you can apply for a cotutelle with the IMPRS-SPCE here.
Alternatively, you may apply for regular admissions into the doctoral program at Sciences Po or apply directly for a doctoral fellowship at MaxPo (Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies), indicating that you wish to be admitted to this cotutelle program. Open PhD-positions at MaxPo (Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies) are announced here.