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GK SOCLIFE - Scholarships

Benefits of a SOCLIFE scholarship

The Research Training Group SOCLIFE regularly offers scholarships for prospective doctoral students in the social and economic sciences. It is sponsored as a prestigious “Graduiertenkolleg” (Research Training Group) by the German Research Foundation. Selected students will be funded with a scholarship of €1,468 per month for 3 years and provided with travel grants for the visiting of conferences, summer schools etc. During their time at SOCLIFE, doctoral students work in fully equipped offices, have access to all institutions of the University of Cologne, enhance their knowledge through the SOCLIFE course program (all courses offered in English) and benefit from an internal mentoring program. Doctoral students also have access to the course program of the Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (www.cgs.uni-koeln.de). The next funding period starts in October 2014, when SOCLIFE will offer 8 scholarships. The APPLICATION DEADLINE is April 15, 2014, prolonged until June 15, 2014!

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Requirements for a SOCLIFE scholarship

SOCLIFE is looking for talented and ambitious team players who have a Master’s degree (or a national equivalent, e.g. University Diploma, German Magister, Swiss Linzenziat) in the field of sociology, political science, social policy, economics and/or social and economic psychology.
Applicants should have a good proficiency in English, statistics and multivariate data analysis and a research interest, which is in line with the research promoted at SOCLIFE. After successful completion of the program, students will receive a German Doctoral Degree (Dr. rer. pol.).

SOCLIFE scholars will be working in a collaborative group. They are supposed to finish the PhD thesis within three years, to take courses specified by SOCLIFE, to use the opportunity of presenting scientific output at conferences and to publish scientific output within the 3 years of funding. For the sake of group cohesion, SOCLIFE expects its scholars to live in or nearby Cologne.

Selection process for a SOCLIFE scholarship

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic credentials and a research proposal, which has to be in line with the research focus of SOCLIFE. Therefore, we advise the prospective applicants to familiarize themselves with the SOCLIFE research program and its areas of research. The following time frame informs you about the application procedure:

                                                   Time frame
1.Acceptance of applications: March 01, 2014 until April 15, 2014 / prolonged until June 15, 2014.
2.Deadline for applications: April 15, 2014 / prolonged until June 15, 2014 (date of receipt)
3.Interviews with selected applicants: May 2014 / June 2014
4.Information on acceptance or refusal: End of June 2014 at the latest
5.Start of courses: October 2014
Application for a SOCLIFE scholarship

Do you meet the requirements stated above? Visit our "Application" website and apply for a   SOCLIFE scholarship.