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Call for PhD Applications

Fully-Funded Doctoral Research Positions in Economics

Starting in October 2019, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Technical University Dortmund run the joint graduate program “Regional Disparities and Economic Policy”, funded by the German Research Foundation. Prof. Dr. Christiane Hellmanzik is one of the TU Dortmund professors involved with the Regional Disparities and Economic Policy research training group.

Program: PhD in Economics
Research Theme: Regional Disparities and Economic Policy
Universities: University of Duisburg-Essen, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Technical University Dortmund
Funding: 75% TV-L E13, 3 years with the possibility of continuation funding, funded by the German Research Foundation
Degree Requirements: Masters degree in economics or related field (e.g. mathematics, statistics, etc.), completed by October 2019
Language of Study: English
Program Start: 1 October 2019
Program Duration: 3 years
Application Deadline: 30 June 2019
Additional Information: www.regional-disparities.de

Overview of Program

The causes and consequences of regional disparities are subject to a lively debate both in academia and in public. Starting in October 2019, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Technical University Dortmund run the joint graduate program “Regional Disparities and Economic Policy”, funded by the German Research Foundation.

The overarching goal of the research training group (RTG) is to provide an outstanding education for doctoral students in its research area while at the same time contributing to frontier research in its field. Combining the expertise of scholars from different economic backgrounds (e.g. labor, public, macro, health) and thus different methodological skills, institutional knowledge, and data access, establishes a research training group that promises internationally visible scientific output and an excellent academic training environment for PhD candidates. The RTG therefore approaches the topics from different topical and methodological angles.

We offer at least 7 fully-funded doctoral research positions (75%, TV-L E13, 3 years with the possibility of continuation funding) for the first cohort of students to enter in October 2019. (Gross salary amounts to about €2750 per month. There is no tuition. There are no application fees.)


What we offer

  • A tailor-made qualification program, enabling high-quality PhD dissertations in three years, including targeted course-work, funding for (international) research stays, conference and summer school participation, as well as an excellent supervision environment and job market support.
  • A unique research environment and infrastructure in the dynamic Ruhr Valley Region in Germany, with eight principal investigators at four Economics departments, an extensive network of local and international expertise that is regularly tied in to the qualification and research program.
  • Family friendly environment geared to promote equal opportunity and diversity. International applicants are highly welcome! The program is entirely in English and we support accepted international students in obtaining visa, housing, etc.

What we expect from successful candidates

  • Master’s degree by October 2019 in Economics or a related field (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics). A strong background in Economics at the advanced Master’s level is desired, but can to some extend be compensated by a strong background in mathematics or statistics.
  • Advanced skills in econometrics as well as experience in programming and in dealing with large data sets is advantageous.
  • Research interests in the field of regional disparities and a strong passion for research.

How to Apply

The application requirements (including the application form and a detailed list of all required documents) are available here . All documents should be sent either via email to contact@regional-disparities.de (preferred) or via postal mail to the RTG office. The application deadline is 30 June 2019. There is no application fee.

The following documents are required:

  • Application form
  • Motivation letter
  • Academic CV
  • Masters degree transcripts
  • Bachelor degree transcripts
  • German High School Diploma (Abitur), if applicable
  • GRE / GMAT results, not strictly necessary but highly recommended
  • TOEFL / IELTS, if you are not a native English speaker
  • Two letters of recommendation from university professors / instructors, sent from these referees directly to contact@regional-disparities.de. Recommendation forms are available here.
  • Any additional supporting material you deem relevant for your application

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Contact

RTG Office

Regional Disparities and Economic Policy

Prof. Dr. Tobias Seidel

Mercator School of Management

University of Duisburg-Essen

Lotharstr. 65

47057 Duisburg

Germany

contact@regional-disparities.de

www.regional-disparities.com