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Successful candidates, who pursue their doctoral studies at the MGSE, are provided with an advanced training for in-depth research in economics. The doctoral program has a strong focus on the application of state-of-the-art methods. It combines demanding course work and an early start of individual research. Positions offer comprehensive supervising and mentoring schemes, excellent international contacts, and access to an outstanding research infrastructure from one of Europe’s top 10 universities.


We expect knowledge in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics at an advanced Master’s level. Therefore, the standard entry requirement is a completed Master’s degree in economics. Exceptions from this rule are possible. Any missing graduate-level training will be specified in an individual supervision agreement. Candidates should be highly motivated to conduct independent research. Fluency in German language is not required for admission.


Generally, doctoral students are paid according to a 75% position under the German TVL-E 13 payment scheme (or a roughly equivalent scholarship). The exact salary might slightly vary depending on personal circumstances, the affiliating institution and the teaching load the position might carry (maximally 5 hours per week during the semester). Your specific affiliation and funding depend on and will be matched according to your research interests to one of the following institutions or research programs:

  • Department Chairs
  • Egon Sohmen Graduate Center
  • Evidence-Based Economics (EBE)
  • GRK 1928 - Microeconomic Determinants of Labor Productivity
  • Ifo Institute
  • Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance


The application period runs from December 15, 2018 to March 1, 2019 (second deadline is March 31, 2019). In general, positions and courses start in October 2019.
An admission committee will screen applications on a rolling basis. Applicants who present a detailed offer by another doctoral program may ask the admission committee for an early decision on their admission.

Applicants need the following documents for their application: CV, letter of motivation, certificate of secondary education (if available, encouraged), bachelor's diploma, master's diploma (or preliminary transcript of records), proof of English proficiency, GRE results, and two letters of recommendation. All documents must either be in English or German.

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