Reinvent digital


The challenges of the digital transformation require innovative and interdisciplinary research approaches.

That’s why we strongly encourage our academic staff to form multidisciplinary teams and try out new ideas. At ENS, we provide you with excellent research conditions and comprehensive support for both senior and early-stage researchers. As part of our vibrant academic community of economists, lawyers, social scientists and technical experts in computer science, you benefit from interdisciplinary perspectives and international exchange.

Researching at ENS is based on close project-related cooperation between professors, academic staff and students. We look for intellectual challenges and reject any constraining boundaries of mono-disciplinarity. In principle, research projects at ENS are trans- or interdisciplinary in nature. They include a broad variety of research areas, such as new forms of political legitimacy, changing structures of production and consumption, the analysis of new emerging social structures and ethics in an ever more automatized world.

Projects at ENS will often involve non-academic expertise and are planned to be integrated in European or international scientific networks. With our research, we moreover aim at providing relevant insights for non-academic actors from politics, economy and civil society.

ENS PhD program

Our PhD program is designed to provide excellent research conditions for scholars from all disciplines. As PhD candidate, you hold a three-year TVL13/65% position at ENS that can be extended twice and benefit from a tailor-made program adapted to your individual needs. It holds detailed agreements with your supervisor, the regular opportunity for exchange in a scientific colloquium and access to a mentoring team including external mentors.

Additionally, you receive support at all stages of your career, including workshops, advice on publication strategies and new techniques for presenting your results. You want to kick-off your academic career? Call for applications coming soon!

ENS Fellowship Program

Starting in 2021, ENS will host two Fellowship Programs that offer scientists from all over the world the opportunity to join a lively and creative academic community. As Fellow of the Hannah Arendt Fellowship, you are an experienced post-doc scientist and bring your own research project to profit from an excellent infrastructure and vibrant exchange opportunities with senior scientists.

The John Dewey Fellowship offers junior scholars the unique opportunity to join one of the various ENS projects or programmes and extend their scientific experience in an international team.

Our program for Visiting Fellows offers scientists who are active in one of our core research areas the opportunity to spend time at ENS upon invitation by a member of the Core Faculty. You can join us as a Visiting Fellow, being offered a workplace and access to all facilities and scientific resources of the European New School. The duration of the stay usually varies between two and six months.




The project “leArning and robuSt deciSIon SupporT systems for agile mANufacTuring environments” (ASSISTANT) aims at the development of an AI digital twin solution for different production areas, encompassing process planning, production planning and scheduling under real-time conditions. With partners in seven European countries working on the development of the system, STS@ENS focusses on the human centric design and ethical issues, as well as practical measures in order to make sure that the AI technologies are handled in a responsible way. ASSISTANT is funded by EU H2020.

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HIRING (Erasmus+)

The project “Human centric innovative approach and training for the management of human Resources through the Integration of the Next Generation of AI technologies” (HIRING) creates a learning app for the current and next generation of human resources managers. Together with the business school IPAC and with partners working on vocational education and digital learning, the project aims to develop skills that enable a critical assessment and a responsible handling of AI technologies. HIRING is funded by EU ERASMUS+.

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Dataskop (BMBF)

DataSkop is a project looking behind the opaqueness around the use of (personal) data that shapes experiences on digital platforms. To do so, DataSkop is channeling different expertises from design, media pedagogy, social sciences and journalism. A key part is a data donation platform that allows users to share a selection of their personal data for research purposes. This data donation platform is developed by AlgorithmWatch as an open source not only for DataSkop, but for all kinds of researchers in need of platform specific data. DataSkop is funded by the BMBF and part of its Digital Autonomy Hub.

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Post-Accession Europeanization

The project makes a distinctive contribution to assessing post-accession compliance in Central and Eastern Europe by employing a new method of analysis based on computer driven data acquisition.

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