Doctoral Opportunities at ZEW
University graduates who start their academic career at ZEW can attain their doctoral degree by taking one of several paths. Regardless of the path chosen, clear milestones help our PhD students to ensure constant progress. PhD students have ample opportunities to enrol in PhD courses at universities or in ZEW’s in-house courses. Apart from attending courses and conducting research for their thesis, PhD students are involved in projects that aim to provide scientifically-grounded economic policy advice. On average, it takes four and a half years to complete a PhD at ZEW, which corresponds to the duration of the PhD phase at universities.
PhD students can complete their degree at ZEW by choosing one of the following two options:
Join ZEW as a researcher and obtain your doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim
The University of Mannheim’s Centre for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE) and Centre for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) each run a PhD track in cooperation with ZEW. In the first year, PhD students primarily focus on completing their compulsory courses at CDSE or CDSB.
Join ZEW as a researcher and obtain your doctoral degree from another university
PhD students choosing this option will hold a full-time position as a ZEW researcher from the first year on and will be involved in project work.
What we offer to our PhD students
- Top-level scientific doctoral training
- To conduct research at a leading, internationally renowned research institute in the field of economics
- An insight into politically relevant topics, projects and networks beyond academia
- Support with PhD thesis from experienced researchers
- Excellent equipment and access to unique databases
- Support in publishing research results
- Communication of relevant research results to political institutions and the general public
- Participation in national and international scientific conferences
- Research stays at renowned institutes
- Access to national and international research networks
- Further education, including project management and data science
- Team-oriented working environment
Interested in working at ZEW? Find our current job offers and apply.