Ph.D. On Campus

Research Training Group WIPCAD

University of Potsdam

36 months
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The Research Training Group WIPCAD, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” (WIPCAD) was founded at the Department of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam.


Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and co-financed by the DAAD, the Research Training Group WIPCAD program from  University of Potsdam, offers outstanding interdisciplinary training and research opportunities to graduates of political and administrative sciences, sociology and public management.


WIPCAD combines an innovative research focus with excellence in policy and administrative analysis, strengthening the Department’s role as a leading German center for the training of administrative scientists.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Complexity, uncertainty, and ambiguity of current policy problems - such as climate hazards or welfare state reforms - fundamentally challenge how public administrations organize. 
  •  The empirical puzzle of how public administrations have responded to current and pressing policy problems is at the heart of the RTG's research.
  •  The program is based on systematic interdisciplinary cooperation between political and administrative sciences, sociology and public management.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must apply for admission as a doctoral candidate prior to beginning your dissertation. The application must be filed with the Doctoral Examining Board for the subject in which you are pursuing your doctorate. If you are pursuing a doctorate in the Law Faculty, you must file the application with its dean.
  • Since the Examining Board or the Office of the Dean requires time to review your materials, you should expect a processing time of several weeks (possibly longer during the semester breaks).

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Potsdam

690 - 1050 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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