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PhD in Business, Economics and Social Sciences – 55 scholarships available

PhD in Business, Economics and Social Sciences – 55 doctoral positions

The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim offers excellent opportunities for the most qualified students with strong quantitative skills and enthusiasm for research to pursue their doctoral degree in Business, Economics and the Social Sciences.

Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to apply for the full-time doctoral programs starting in September 2024. Up to 55 scholarships will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Within our three Doctoral Centers we offer 11 PhD Programs:

Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB)

Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE)

Center for Doctoral Studies in Social Sciences (CDSS)

Benefit from an internationally recognized teaching and training concept, which will lay the foundation for a successful research career. We focus on empirical and quantitative methods and their application to Business, Economics, and Social Sciences. Conduct research in a stimulating academic environment across the program disciplines. Our courses are taught by distinguished and dedicated faculty members. Our excellent libraries will support you with your research.


  • #1 in Germany in Economics & Econometrics and #2 in Social Sciences – Times Higher Education Ranking 2023 (ranking by subject)
  • #1 in Germany in Finance and Political Science and Business Administration and #2 in Economics – Shanghai Ranking 2022 (ranking by subject)
  • #1 in Germany in Accounting and Finance, Business and Management and #2 in Economics and Econometrics – QS University Rankings 2023 (ranking by subject)

Discover GESS:

  • All PhD programs in English
  • Modern doctoral program with a structured course program and skills courses in teaching, academic writing, and presenting
  • Guaranteed funding for the duration of the program
  • Stimulating research environment
  • Work with internationally recognized professors
  • Gain new insights from research stays with partner universities worldwide
  • Enjoy access to major databases and excellent libraries
  • Modern offices and equipment
  • Boost your career options with a professional job market training
  • No tuition fees – government funded first-class education

How to apply:

Please apply via our online application portal, which is open from mid-November 2023.

Application requirements

Please visit our website for full details about the programs, deadlines, and admission requirements.

Application Deadline: 31 March 2024

If you would like to be considered for early offers, please complete and submit your application by 15 January 2024.

Applications from candidates that are not accepted in the early round will be reconsidered with all other applications after the final deadline of 31 March.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to become part of a leading doctoral program and APPLY NOW!