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:

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.

Representation of interests

ZEW’s PhD students are represented by two spokespersons who defend their interests and organise regular meetings. They represent the interests of the institute in the Leibniz PhD Network, from where they may draw stimulating suggestions for the institute. They are also happy to help applicants with questions about ZEW’s PhD track. The current spokespersons are Paul Berbée and Caroline Knebel. Contact:


Recruiting Research Units

Phone: +49 (0)621 1235-250