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CDSS Associate Member Program

Associate Membership for Mannheim Master's Students

The Membership

First year University of Mannheim political science, psychology and sociology MA students are invited to apply for CDSS Associate Member status.

The membership is open to MA students who wish to undertake research with the intention of proceeding to a doctorate at the GESS. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to join GESS graduate-level courses during their membership year and profit from a research and conference budget of €100 for attending e.g. summer schools or conferences.

Am I eligible?

You must be a first year University of Mannheim MA student in political science, psychology, or sociology with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and a demonstrable wish to pursue a doctorate in one of these subjects to apply for CDSS Associate Member status.

How to apply?

Please submit your application documents as a single PDF file via e-mail to cdss.gess@uni-mannheim.de. You're welcome to send an application from April of any given year, this must contain:

  • your CV (to include names & and contact details of up to two referees familiar with your academic potential)
  • letter of motivation (max. 700 words)
  • writing sample (max. 3,500 words)
  • your final Bachelor’s transcript as well as current (1st year) transcript of your Master‘s studies

Application deadline: June 15 of any given year

Nota bene: CDSS Associate Members are not automatically guaranteed a place in the CDSS doctoral program. You must apply to join the CDSS after the completion of your master's degree. Courses attended during the membership year will be credited against CDSS course requirements.