6 Doctoral Scholarships in Labour Market Research 2017, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Publish Date: Jul 19, 2016

Deadline: Oct 14, 2016

We invite applications for 6 Doctoral Scholarships with a maximum duration of 3 years, beginning January 1st, 2017

The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the School of Business and Economics of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have set up a joint doctoral programme in labour market research.

The course programme promotes theoretical and empirical methods at an advanced level. Additionally, applicants are granted access to the excellent data resources (administrative and survey data) of the IAB on employment and social security.

Doctoral students benefit from the professional research environment that enables them to apply their knowledge in academic and applied empirical research.

We address outstanding graduates from economics, sociology or other social sciences who hold a master degree or diploma. Applicants are expected to submit a proposal addressing empirical and theoretical research questions in the field of labour market research or the development of the required statistical-econometric methods.

The courses are held in English.

Application documents

Application documents must contain:

  • The application form
  • A complete, tabular CV
  • Copies of school leaving certificates and certificates relating to vocational training and activities, copies of university certificates already attained.
  • A letter of reference from a professor with respect to personal and academic qualifications and the importance of the topic of the dissertation for labour market and occupational research. The letter of recommendation has to be submitted to the program coordinator (Stephan Brunow) directly.
  • An outline of the project in which, above all, the following must be addressed:
    • The reasons for selecting the topic and its place in current research in the field of labour market research
    • Major problems and issues, which are identified as a research gap in existing literature in labour market research  
    • The theoretical approach and methodical considerations regarding implementation of the project and the data basis to be used (esp. IAB data sets) and basic thoughts on the identification strategy
    • A workplan/schedule 
    • Bibliography

The project outline should consider a comprehensive project idea which builds the core of the dissertation project. In contrast to previous application procedures the project outline does not have to contain three planned research papers. The project outline should have a length of up to 25,000 characters including spaces.

Please note that applications without a project outline will not be considered.

Selection process

  1. Scholarships will be announced via the Internet and via further appropriate media.
  2. All applications will be submitted to a selection commission composed equally of representatives of IAB and of the School of Business and Economics of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
  3. The selection commission will then decide which applicants are to be invited to attend a personal interview.
  4. The applicant will present him/herself to the selection commission. This will consist of a short presentation of the project, followed by a discussion.
  5. Selection of applicants to be offered a scholarship in accordance with their written documents and personal presentation.

Periods of application

The closing date for applying for new scholarships (granted as of 1 January 2017) is October 14, 2016.

Schedule 2016/2017

  • Closing date for applications: 14 October 2016
  • Interviews: November 2016
  • Scholarship offers: November/December 2016
  • Commencement of the programme: 1 January 2017

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