College for Interdisciplinary Education Research

The College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research has been established by six research institutions of the Leibniz Association, among them ZEW and GESIS in Mannheim. The College is a project that aims at supporting early Postdoc researchers with the development of their own projects in the field of interdisciplinary educational research. Its major goals are the promotion of the early independence of excellent young researchers who recently completed their PhDs, and the advancement of interdisciplinary educational research in a life course perspective. 

Long-term aims of the College are:

  • promotion and improvement of interdisciplinary educational research of young researchers at the postdoctoral level
  • joint research activities among participating (senior and junior) researchers
  • the establishment of an interdisciplinary educational research network of researchers working at Leibniz Institutes and universities
  • an increased scholarly awareness of “public science”

The College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant number: 01JG1201), the Jacobs Foundation (grant number: 2011-963) and the participating Leibniz Institutes.

In cooperation with:

  • Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences (GESIS)
  • WZB Berlin Social Science Research Centre
  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)
  • Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN)
  • Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)
  • Freie Universität Berlin (FU)
  • Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB)
  • Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (link)
  • Kiel University (CAU)
  • University of Mannheim (link)
  • Heidelberg University, Ruperto Carola (link)

Project management: Prof. Dr. Heike Solga (WZB Berlin)

Contact: Dr. Christian Brzinsky-Fay (christian.brzinsky-fay[at]

Duration: 01.10.2012 – 31.3.2016

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Jacobs Foundation, involved institutes (GESIS, WZB, DIW, DIPF, IPN, ZEW)

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