The cotutelle in the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy is a Franco-German doctoral program offered jointly by Sciences Po, Paris and the IMPRS-SPCE and enables students from Sciences Po and the IMPRS-SPCE to pursue a German and French doctroal degree simultaneously (cotutelle de thèse). Degrees are awarded in sociology or political science.

Sciences Po is the leading social science university in France. Its nine interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research centers do research in the social and political sciences, economics, history, and law.

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 École doctorale at Sciences Po. Each student is held to the requirements of both institutions, and the work done at the partner university is mutually recognized.
Cotutelle students 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 or 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 each year.

How to apply

MaxPo is a Franco-German center in the social sciences, estabished jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and Sciences Po in 2012. The Center is located at Sciences Po in Paris.

Cologne-based cotutelle:
Follow the regular IMPRS-SPCE application procedures and indicate your interest in the cotutelle program by checking the box on the application form. Interest in the cotutelle program does not affect your chances of being accepted into the IMPRS-SPCE.

Paris-based cotutelle:
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 are announced here.

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