The aim of the graduate program is to provide doctoral students with the diverse methodological skills required to perform innovative, state-of-the art economics research within the EBE research agenda, and to apply these skills to important real-world problems.
The ultimate goal is to train doctoral students so that they can work at the frontier of theory-guided, evidence-based economics.
Worth of Award

  • Students will receive positions (75% TV-L E13, meaning ca. 1500€ net of taxes and social security dependent on personal circumstances).
  • Students will be employees of the Free State of Bavaria, Germany, and covered by the mandatory social security in Germany, i.e. health insurance, unemployment insurance, retirement insurance, and superannuation scheme of German retirement fund for federal and state employees (for the latter an application for exemption is possible).

The graduate program has ample resources to provide:

  • Travel support for conferences, exchange visits, and summer schools
  • Seed funding for research studies
  • Support for language courses, specific affirmative action activities, and presentation, communication, and soft skill courses.
  • Funding for services of professional language lectors.


  • The standard entry requirement is a completed Master’s degree in economics. They expect a solid knowledge in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics at the level of a first-year graduate program at a leading research university.
  • Exceptions from this rule are possible only in special circumstances, for instance for candidates from neighboring disciplines. In these cases, any missing graduate-level training will be specified in an individual supervision agreement, with suitable courses to be chosen from the participating Departments’ Economics Master programs.
  • These courses have to be passed in the first graduate program semester. Applications from students with outstanding Bachelor degrees are considered as well in special circumstances.

Level of Study: Postgraduate
How to Apply

  • The application procedure takes place via an online application tool.
  • You will first need to generate an individual account. Once this is done, you can log into the system with your personal login and password. Within this system, you will be asked to enter your personal data, your educational background, your work experience and provide the names and contact details of two academic references that agree to write a letter of recommendation for you.

Furthermore, you will be asked to upload the following documents (in Pdf-format):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation: Please provide a statement explaining your current goals, career plans and reasons for being interested in the graduate program in Evidence Based Economics. Discuss your study plans and your fields of interest. Your statement should be in English and not exceed 500 words.
  • Certificate of secondary education (e.g. German Abitur), if available
  • Bachelor’s diploma and transcript of records
  • Master’s diploma and transcript of records.

Deadline:March 31, 2015
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