Doctoral Student in Economics – Graduate Center at the DIW Berlin

Doctoral Student in Economics – Graduate Center at the DIW Berlin

The German Institute for Economic Research DIW Berlin is one of the leading economic research institutes in Germany. We are an independent, non-profit institute involved in economic research, service and policy advice. We co-operate closely with universities in Berlin and Brandenburg and in international academic networks.

The DIW Graduate Center at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) welcomes applications from highly qualified post-graduate students from around the world to attend its structured doctoral training program in economics.


The goal of DIW Graduate Center’s activities is to provide outstanding doctoral students with a research environment and a training structure that will develop their talents in exemplary manner. It leads them to a deep understanding of economic and social processes and offers them the opportunity to apply their knowledge within the professional research environment of one of the leading economic think tanks in Germany.


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The Graduate Center offers a 4-year program of in-depth training in economics leading to a PhD from one of Berlin’s universities. The student will go through a high-level coursework curriculum and receive on-the-job training in DIW Berlin’s research departments. Student’s research should focus on theoretical and applied topics within economics and related social sciences. Both the education and the research at the GC have a strong empirical component. The PhD education also includes sponsored internships at prestigious institutions. We place students at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Ministries or any institution that best matches your interests.

After successfully finishing the program students will have submitted a number of papers to refereed scientific journals. They will receive a certificate confirming participation together with a doctoral degree.

The DIW Graduate Center offers a scholarship of 1.200 Euro per month. After successful completion of the first year the doctoral students are assigned to the research departments of the institute. Research positions are offered depending on the volume of research projects under work.


Applicants must hold a master’s degree or diploma in economics in order to apply for the economic training program. Degrees from other related fields (such as civil engineering, statistics or quantitative social sciences) may also fulfill requirements for the program if the applicant has a sufficient background in economics.


Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency unless they hold a degree from a university in an English-speaking country or can prove at least one year of studies at an English-speaking university. Sufficient evidence for a good command of English is a high score on TOEFL or IELTS tests. Knowledge of German is not a necessary requirement for a successful application, but students are encouraged to learn and improve their skills. Deadline of Application: March 31, 2015.

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