Doctoral Fellowships at the Jena Graduate School Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change (GSBC)

Outstanding candidates with a background in one of the following disciplines
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Applied Ethics
who are interested in interdisciplinary research are invited to apply for Doctoral Fellowships at the Jena Graduate School Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change (GSBC)

The Jena Graduate School, funded by the Federal Programme "ProExzellenz" of the Free State of Thuringia, is supported by the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the School of Economics and Business Administration, and the Max Planck Institute of Economics. The common research approach within the GSBC is interdisciplinary oriented and addresses the analyses of human behaviour with respect to social and economic change.

We are particularly interested in the analysis of individual as well as collective behaviour and decisions that lead to change, or adapt and even resist to change at the level of individuals, groups, industries, regions and countries. Our major concerns are the dynamics of these behaviours and/or decisions and their interrelatedness, as well as the underlying, often feedback driven, mechanisms of change. We investigate these phenomena from different disciplinary angles, which taken together provide a better understanding of social and economic change. Methods include analytical models, controlled experiments, empirical and field studies and historical investigations.

From applicants we expect a sustained research interest in one of the following four interdisciplinary research areas:
• Responses to accelerated change
• Innovation as intended change
• Changing social and economic contexts and changing identities
• Change across the lifespan
For further information on the research programme as well as on the application requirements please visit

Fellowships start any time (latest: January 2010, Deadline for application: September 30th, 2009). Doctoral fellowships include funding for up to three years (2+1). The language of the GSBC is English.

The job advertisements and the application form are available at For further questions please contact Kristina von Rhein: [email protected]