A Probability-Based Mixed-Mode Access Panel
for the Social Sciences


1. Who can submit a proposal?

Proposals can be submitted by researchers at universities or non-commercial research institutes. We welcome proposals from various social science fields, such as sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and criminology. The GESIS Panel does not accept commercial projects.


2. What are the guidelines for writing a proposal?

Detailed guidelines including evaluation criteria can be found on our Submission Site.


3. Is there a deadline for submitting a proposal?

All proposals can be submitted throughout the year; there is no specific deadline.


4. How long does the review process take?

We usually review the stage one proposals of the regular submission within four weeks. Due to the external peer-review process in stage two, you will typically receive the final review after two more months. Short submissions are usually reviewed within four weeks.


5. If the results of the review process are positive and my proposal is accepted, how long does it take until my study can be fielded?

This strongly depends on the number of  accepted studies that are already placed in the GESIS Panel waves. Usually, we are able to conduct your study within one year after a positive review.  In any case, we will discuss the placement of your study with you in advance.


6. How long does it take until I can use the data?

After your study has been fielded, the data preparation and publication will take four to six months.


7. Is it possible to submit a proposal for funded research in the GESIS Panel?

Yes, please find more information on our submission site for third-party funded studies.


8. In the case of a panel study, is it possible to specify the period between waves?

The GESIS Panel Team will consider your wishes concerning the preferred period between waves.


9. What languages may I use for submitting a proposal?

We welcome proposals in English because our review procedure may involve international reviewers. Survey instruments may be submitted either in German or in English. However, because GESIS Panel surveys are fielded only in German, English instruments must be translated into German after positive peer review of the proposal. Translation costs must be borne by those submitting the proposal.


10. How can I find out whether there is an overlap between my questions and existing study items in the GESIS Panel?

Please check our documentation; especially our codebook and study descriptions. There you can find all questions and items already included in the GESIS Panel.


11. What demographic characteristics of the respondents are collected within the GESIS Panel?

The following demographic variables are collected: month and year of birth; citizenship; country of birth of the respondent; year of immigration; country of birth of the respondent's mother; country of birth of the respondent's father; marital status; if single/widowed: has a life partner/joint household with partner; school leaving certificate; intended school-leaving qualification; vocational training; university degree; employment status; labor force status; occupational group; number of children under 16 living in the household; income of the respondent; household income. Please check the questionnaire "Socio-Demographic Update" in our Longitudinal Core Studies.


12. Where can I find the GESIS Panel Data?

The GESIS Panel data are available via the GESIS Data Archive.


13. Where can I find details of the fielded studies?

All questionnaires, study descriptions, wave reports, additional documents and the codebook can be found in the documentation.


14. I am not that familiar with designing a questionnaire. Where can I get help?

When designing a questionnaire, please take a look at our FAQ Questionnaire Design (194 kB).