Department of Economics PhD Program 2017, University of Mannheim, Germany

Publish Date: Nov 04, 2016

Deadline: Mar 31, 2017

Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics

The Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE) administers the PhD program at the Department of Economics of the University of Mannheim.

The CDSE is supported by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governements and by private donors, including generous support by the Fontana Foundation. The PhD program is taught and administered in English. Admission is based purely on merit and open to excellent students holding either a Bachelor or a Master degree.

Admitted students receive a scholarship and there is no tuition fee. CDSE students are financed by a scholarship during the first and the second year (1.200 €/month) of their studies. After the two year course phase, students are either funded by a continuation scholarship or teaching/research assistantships at the University of Mannheim. Students are also encouraged to actively pursue external funding options themselves.

General Information

The application deadline for the PhD program in economics at the CDSE is March 31, 2016 for the fall 2016 intake. Applications can be submitted from November 2015, and there is an early admission on January 15, 2016. Applications from candidates who are not accepted in the early round will be reviewed again with all other applications after March 31.

We solely offer online application and applicants must submit their information and documents through our online application portal. Applications sent in via mail will not be considered.

Admission is based purely on academic performance and potential. Admitted students receive a monthly scholarship (1.200 €) and the CDSE commits to funding its students for five years (contingent on successful completion of the course phase and overall academic standing).

In principle, the prerequisite for admission to a doctoral center is a master’s degree in the respective field or equivalent. Applications from students with excellent Bachelor degrees are considered as well. Applicants from neighboring fields and quantitative fields (like mathematics or engineering) can be admitted if their background is judged to be sufficient.

Application Documents

The following information is required for an application:

  • Personal data
  • Letter of motivation: Please provide a statement explaining your current goals, career plans and reasons for being interested in the PhD program in Economics. Discuss your study plans and your fields of interest. Your statement should be in English and not exceed 500 words.
  • 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. At this stage of the application process it is not necessary to notarize or apostil the translations. If you are accepted we need notarized translations. An apostil is not necessary. If you have not yet finished your current degree, please attach a preliminary grade report (again in English or German).
  • GRE: All applicants must enter or upload test scores for the General GRE on the online application. We do not require or accept GRE subject tests. The GRE may not be substituted with the GMAT. For us GRE scores are valid for two years. Ask the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to report your test scores using the following ETS code: 0933.
  • 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:

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

Please also check our detailed list of all application requirements.

Recent graduates of the program have published in top academic journals, e.g. the American Economic Review and the Journal of the European Economic Association, and have obtained academic positions at top European departments (e.g. Humboldt University, Berlin; Tilburg University; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; Toulouse University; University of Bonn; University of Vienna etc.), in the U.S. (e.g. Yale University; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas) and Asia (e.g. Hongkong University of Science and Technology; Wuhan University, China). Detailed placement information is available in the CDSE Alumni section.

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