Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences understands itself to be part of an excellent research and teaching university. For years, it has conducted highly successful research in various topics and with many different theoretical-methodological approaches, providing a solid scientific education. The subjects regularly reach the top spots in relevant research rankings.

In 2015, the total amount of external funds procured was around 5.4 million euros, a considerable amount that continually grows and is based on a broad number of researchers and funding institutions. The Faculty includes a vibrant mix of individual research and large projects, local and international cooperation, and excellent theoretical and applied research. With the new appointments of professors, this potential was strengthened with a long-term perspective, and existing concentrations were expanded.

The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences accommodates a good mixture of individual research and large-scale projects, of local and international cooperation, of excellent theoretical and applied research.

Dean Prof. Dr. Josef Schmid

Core Research Areas

In the future, the following Faculty research areas are to be further strengthened and expanded:

The following emphases for possible new research consortia are in the planning phase or have already started:

You can find more information about the Faculty’s consortium research projects in the menu.

Besides this, there are many smaller research projects at the Faculty that work together with other universities and faculties. You can find information on these and the core research areas of the respective disciplines on the institute and chair websites and in the University’s research database.

Research Projects

You can find information on these and the core research areas of the respective disciplines on the institute and chair websites and in the University’s research database.

Research Database FIT

Research Funding

The comprehensive promotion of young scientists is one of the central guidelines of the University of Tübingen. The Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences also has a large number of different qualification and research programmes that aim not only to train outstanding young researchers and offer an inspiring research environment, but also to network the various institutes and research fields.

State Graduate Funding
Applications for funding in accordance with the Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz (State Graduate Promotion Act)

The Dean's Office accepts applications for funding in accordance with the Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz (Law on the Promotion of Graduates of the State of Lower Austria) (both the continued granting of current scholarships and new admission to funding).

There is currently no current call for proposals. You will find the next call for proposals with the start of funding in April 2019 here in October/November 2018.

Further information, the necessary forms etc. can be found on the homepage of the Central Department for Research Funding.

Excellence Initiative
Calls for proposals within the framework of the Excellence Initiative

Within the framework of the Excellence Initiative, programmes for doctoral students are advertised:

  •     Bridging Funds: Interim financing for particularly successful doctoral students on their way to a first "postdoc" position.

Detailed information (also on other programmes) can be found on the website of the central Graduate Academy.

Scholarships in the ifa research programme

The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) is the globally active institution in Germany for cultural exchange, dialogue between civil societies and foreign cultural policy information.

All information on the current call for proposals can be found here.