Thank you for your interest in the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and
Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE), a unique international 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.
Students who attend our program investigate the crucial intersection between the economy,
politics, and society and develop new approaches in economic sociology, comparative political
economy, and organizational studies. They work with talented faculty from some of Germany's
most prestigious research institutions.
Located in the vibrant city of Cologne, our program offers an intimate, intellectually
stimulating academic environment in a lively historical and cultural setting. Our students
also have the opportunity to complete part of their studies at one of our partner universities
in France, Italy, or the United States.
We are a small, competitive program that welcomes talented students from around the world.
Candidates should hold a master's degree or equivalent in political science, sociology,
organizational studies, history, or related fields and possess strong English skills. Our
application deadline is February 28