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 to a great extend from cross-disciplinary exchange and collaboration. CIDER involves the following academic disciplines: Economics, Education Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Currently in its third round, the CIDER network consists of three cohorts of fellows, plus senior researchers from the participating Leibniz institutes. The head of CIDER’s third cohort is Prof. Dr. Florian Schmiedek and the third cohort is coordinated by Dr. Minja Dubowy and Dr. Martin Schastak (e-mail: ).

The goals of CIDER are:

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


1. Lived interdisciplinarity

So-called “micro groups” are the core 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
  • Monetary and non-monetary returns to education


2. A vibrant network

The second major component of CIDER are own workshops and conferences. 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. Keynote lectures feature some of the most renowned educational researchers worldwide. Methods courses help to bridge methodological gaps between disciplines.

Besides academic exchange the workshops also facilitate international network-building between fellows and with senior researchers. Since the first cohort CIDER cooperated with the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN) and since the third cohort CIDER is a part of LERN.


3. Individual career support

CIDER offers various opportunities to advance the academic careers of its fellows. Mentoring by CIDER-Senior fellows or other leading researchers is a central feature of CIDER. Besides, CIDER offers numerous opportunities for forming networks and productive collaborations between the international fellows (and/or seniors or alumni from former cohorts). These collaborations resulted in an amount of scientific and public science outputs (scientific papers, projects, conference symposia, etc.) of high quality in the past two cohorts.


4. Transfer beyond the academy

Besides its aims for academic educational research, CIDER also aims to increase scholarly awareness for the importance of knowledge transfer to the general public.


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

The third cohort is funded by the Jacobs Foundation and the LERN-Network — in cooperation with additional funding provided by the following ten participating Leibniz Institutes: DIPF, DIW, DZHW, Hector-Institute, IPN, IQB, LIfBi, University Luxembourg, WZB, ZEW.