International Max Planck Research School
on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
 


Our PhD Program

The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) is a three-and-a-half-year doctoral program offered jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) and the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, with the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen as an associated partner.
 
IMPRS-SPCE offers: Library of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG).
  • The opportunity or work in a stimulating intellectual environment within an international research community
  • Excellent courses in economic sociology and political economy for exceptionally talented graduate students
  • Methods courses tailored to students' needs, where you learn the specific methods you need for your project
  • Feedback from experienced research advisors
  • Excellent research facilities
  • Instruction in English
  • International learning and working experiences in dynamic Cologne, Germany
  • Exchange with partner institutions in France (including a dual degree opportunity), Italy and the United States
  • Financial support for up to 42 months
  • Further funds for stays abroad, fieldwork, conference trips or transcription costs
  • A six months wrap-up postdoc upon successful completion of the program allowing additional time for publishing or teaching and applying for postdoc positions

 

Structure of the Program

During the first year, students complete foundational course work to strengthen their theoretical background and methodological skills. They also submit a first-year paper about their doctoral thesis. Students discuss their first-year paper in a joint workshop with the IMPRS Faculty at the end of the first year. On the basis of this evaluation, the faculty decides whether students’ work contracts/scholarships will be extended through the end of the program.
 
Studying at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE). During the first six months, all new IMPRS students work in an office at the MPIfG. After this period students with advisors at the University of Cologne or the University of Duisburg-Essen move to their advisor's institution.
 
The second phase of the program is dedicated to thesis research and writing. These years provide a structure of guided independence, allowing students to concentrate on their research and receive feedback through exchange with peers, advisors, and other scholars.
 
Students have the chance to spend up to four months at the school's American, Italian or French partner universities or to pursue a double doctorate from the University of Cologne and Sciences Po, Paris.
 
There are several opportunities to present research in progress to peers and scholars. This refers to colloquium presentations (especially in the second year) as well as to participation in an international conference (usually in the third year). A special highlight is the International Max Planck Summer Conference on Economy, Politics and Society where selected third year students have the chance to discuss their work with leading senior scholars in their field as well as doctoral students from the IMPRS partner universities worldwide.
 
Students may participate in German language courses and our professional development program including courses on academic publishing, scientific writing in English, and computer programs.
 
Curriculum International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE).
 

 





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