The IWH Doctoral Programme in Economics 2018, Germany


April 15, 2018

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The Halle Institute for Economic Research Halle (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association is home to many exceptionally motivated and highly skilled young researchers working on a doctoral dissertation in economics. These fellows are an important part of the IWH research community. The IWH Doctoral Programme in Economics (IWH-DPE) aims to provide these young researchers with a nurturing place to further develop and advance their competences and to make the most of their skills.

Being open to young fellows of the partner universities, IWH-DPE offers a platform for sharing the experience of a program that complies with international standards in post-graduate education and training in economics. IWH-DPE is a milestone in improving the quality of post-graduate education of young economists in the region – in accordance with recommendations by the Leibniz Association and the German Council of Science and Humanities.


The IWH Doctoral Programme in Economics is a mandatory element of doctoral training at Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association. It is a structured programme with core and special courses. After completion, doctoral students are equipped with strong economic foundations and have a broad overview of various economic research areas.

Aims and Approach

This is achieved by combining an excellent course programme and research seminar series with unique chances to conduct research in teams with IWH fellows under the guidance of an IWH supervisor. IWH supervisors will be experienced in both fields, economic research and policy work.

Close collaboration with internationally renowned IWH Research Affiliates, further guidance by IWH Research Professors as well as IWH Research Fellows and research in teams (related to the IWH research agenda) also contributes to the outstanding environment at IWH.

Close collaboration with internationally renowned IWH Research Affiliates and further guidance by IWH Research Professors also contributes to the outstanding environment at IWH. The opportunity to do research on real-world economic and political challenges is an additional advantage.

The opportunity to do research on real-world economic and political challenges is an additional advantage. This approach allows doctoral students to finish their studies within a four-year track.

The Doctoral Programme in Economics is primarily intended for doctoral students employed at IWH or at one of our partner institutions. You can find out about vacancies and scholarships within the section Career.


The course programme is a structured curriculum that provides doctoral students with an outstanding training in the fields related to the IWH Research Profile „From Transition to European Integration“. The programme comprises mandatory Frontiers Courses in the core fields of economics, optional required Special Courses in selected fields and personal qualification workshops. In the Doctoral Research Seminar (DRS) series, students have the opportunity to regularly present and advocate their research to a broader audience and to obtain advices and hints for future work. Credit points are granted for each activity. Doctoral students are encouraged and supported to present their work at research conferences as well as CGDE (CentralGerman Doctoral Program Economics) workshops, participate in external summer schools and to take advantage of international research visits. For external conference presentations, doctoral students do earn credit points, and summer schools may substitute for Special Courses.


IWH-DPE activities are coordinated by an IWH economist. A Doctoral Programme Advisory Board discusses and approves proposals for doctoral research projects and monitors the progress made in those projects. The board consists of the Doctoral Programme Director, the speaker of doctoral students, the scientific members of the IWH Executive Board and an external university professor. The Programme Manager attends the board‘s sessions as a permanent guest. An IWH senior economist serves as mediator in the case of a dissension.

Central-German Doctoral Program Economics

The central aim of the Central-German Doctoral Program Economics (CGDE) is to enhance the quality of doctoral education by offering research-oriented courses which are held by internationally renowned researchers. The Ph.D. programme is a joint initiative of various economics faculties and research institutes in Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony:

  • Technical University of Dresden: Faculty of Economics and Management
  • ifo Institute for Economic Research Dresden (ifo Dresden)
  • Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg: Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)
  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Leipzig University: Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg: Faculty of Economics and Management

The core program comprises courses from the fields „Frontiers in Microeconomics“, „Frontiers in Macroeconomics“, and „Frontiers in Econometrics“. Internationally acknowledged researchers provide an overview of their respective field of research.


In order to secure the highest standards, the courses and the research projects will be evaluated. Evaluations form the basis for further improvements in education and training.

To this end, doctoral students are given opportunity to assess courses, while research projects will be evaluated on the occasion of the regular audit by the IWH Scientific Advisory Board. 


Doctoral students and their supervisors will conclude a mentoring agreement stipulating their respective rights and duties. Among others, the agreement includes the topic of the doctoral thesis, the frequency of mentoring and advisory meetings, and at later stages the exposé, the work plan, and their revisions. It will also refer to the ethical guidelines for scientific research in accordance with DFG. In a case of conflict, the IWH Mediator (Ombudsmann) can be involved.

IWH-DPE Call for Applications – Fall 2018 intake

The program encourages outstanding students with a master degree in economics or related fields, such as mathematics, statistics, business administration, accounting, and finance, to apply for admission.

The following information is required for an application:

  1. Personal data
  2. Letter of motivation: Please provide a statement explaining your current goals, career plans and reasons for being interested in the IWH-DPE. Discuss your study plans, your fields of interest and which of the three research departments you are targeting. Your statement should be in English and not exceed 500 words.
  3. Certificates and transcripts of grades: A transcript from each college or university is required. The degree certificate is not sufficient. The transcript should show courses, grades and degrees received, mentioning rank or distinction if applicable. A translation is required for any transcript in a language other than English or German. If you have not yet finished your current degree, please attach a preliminary grade report (again in English or German).
  4. GRE: All applicants must upload their General GRE's test taker's copy in the online application as well as send it via the testing service. We do not require or accept GRE subject tests. The GRE may not be substituted with the GMAT. GRE scores should not be older than two years. Ask the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to report your test scores using the following DI code: 4051.
  5. Letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required from faculty who are able to assess your academic ability and potential.

The following documents may be submitted:

  1. Writing sample: You should submit a writing sample in English or German, e.g., a paper you have written during your studies.
  2. Any supplementary information relevant to your application.

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Publish Date
March 28, 2018
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