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About CGS

The Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences constitutes the integrated program of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. Initiated in 2008 it is dedicated to excellency in teaching and research and is funded by the State of North Rhine Westfalia and the University of Cologne.

CGS is a key component of the Faculty's strategy to

  • strengthen the interdisciplinary collaboration between Management, Economics and Social Sciences
  • improve PhD training and supervision
  • increase the Faculty's research output

CGS encompasses researchers from Management, Economics, Sociology, Political Sciences, Econometrics/Statistics, Economic Psychology and Energy Economics/Politics.

All PhD students who obtain their degree at the WiSo-Faculty (Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät) are part of the CGS, attend its courses and benefit from its infrastructure.

Scholarships: Each year, a limited number of scholarships will be offered to the very best graduates in Management, Economics and the Social Sciences. These CGS-Fellows will be recruited internationally across the three main and related disciplines.

Regular PhD positions: In addition to CGS scholarships PhD applicants may, of course, also apply for a regular PhD position, i.e. a position directly linked to a specific department/chair.