CIDER – College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research

The College is an interdisciplinary network of post-doctoral educational researchers. It was founded on the firm belief that the field of empirical educational research can benefit greatly from cross-disciplinary exchange and collaboration. CIDER combines the following academic disciplines: Economics, Educational Science, Psychology and Sociology. Currently in its second round, the CIDER network consists of two cohorts of fellows, plus senior researchers from the participating Leibniz institutes.

CIDER’s goals are to:

    1. promote interdisciplinary research in education,
    2. build an international cross-disciplinary research network in education,
    3. advance the academic careers of its fellows,
    4. raise awareness for public science.

1. Lived interdisciplinarity.

So-called “micro groups” are the heart of CIDER. In these small research groups CIDER fellows from different disciplines work together on research topics of their choice. The college facilitates the formation of these collaborative projects through funding data acquisitions, experiments, travel costs, etc. The College’s research projects center around three research areas:

    • Educational inequality and success against the odds
    • Competence development as an educational and social process
    • Returns to education

Have a look at the variety of topics covered by the College’s micro groups here.

2. A vibrant network.

The second major component of CIDER are its workshops. These take place twice a year at one of the participating Leibniz institutes. Here, all CIDER fellows and seniors come together to present and discuss their current research projects, exchange ideas and form new micro groups. Keynotes feature some of the most renowned educational researchers worldwide. Methods courses help bridge methodological gaps between disciplines. Check out the list of past workshops here. Have a look at the upcoming CIDER conference which will conclude the second round of CIDER here.

Next to academic exchange the workshops also facilitate international network-building between fellows and with senior researchers. CIDER also cooperates with the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN) in the organization of workshops for young scholars in the field of education. Learn more about the CIDER network here.

3. Individual career support.

To advance the academic careers of its fellows, CIDER funds research stays at Leibniz institutes, research stays abroad, conference visits and self-organised interdisciplinary workshops. Thereby, interdisciplinary research efforts are supported and fellows can make the best use of their newly-formed networks. Further, the College offers mentoring opportunities by senior researchers and first-cohort fellows.

4. Transfer beyond the academy.

Though CIDER’s main focus lies on academic educational research, it also aims to increase scholarly awareness for the importance of knowledge transfer to the general public. One instrument to do so is CIDER’s Public Science Award. Check out the last winners here.


The College is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant number: 01JG1201) and the Jacobs Foundation (grant number: 2011-963)—in cooperation with additional funding provided by from the six participating Leibniz Institutes: DIPF, DIW, GESIS, IPN, LIfBi, WZB, ZEW.