Doctoral Scholarships at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany, 2017

The Department of Economics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich offers various doctoral scholarships and doctoral positions as research or teaching assistants. Successful candidates will earn their PhD at the Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE).

The aim of the course work at the MGSE is to provide doctoral students with the analytical tools necessary to carry out independent research projects.

The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is a public research university located in Munich, Germany. The University of Munich is among Germany’s oldest universities.

All courses, lectures and seminars at the MGSE are held in English. Therefore, applicants must prove sufficient knowledge by including a TOEFL or IELTS certificate to their application, unless they are a native speaker of English or have completed their master’s degree at an English-speaking school or university.

Fluency in the German language is not required for admission.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing the doctoral programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered at the Department of Economics.

Scholarship Award: Generally, PhD students are paid according to a 75% position under the German TVL-E 13 payment scheme (or a roughly equivalent scholarship). The exact salary might slightly vary depending on personal circumstances, the affiliated institution and the teaching load the position might carry (a maximum of 5 hours per week during the semester).

Number of Scholarship: There are various doctoral scholarships and doctoral positions available.

Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility: University expects knowledge in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics at an advanced master’s level. Therefore, the standard entry requirement is a completed master’s degree in economics. Exceptions from this rule are possible in special circumstances. Any missing graduate-level training will be specified in an individual supervision agreement. Candidates should be highly motivated to conduct independent research.

Nationality: Citizens of all nationalities are eligible to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: In order to obtain a Doctorate Degree (Dr. oec. public.) from the LMU’s Faculty of Economics, all doctoral candidates need to fulfil the following necessary minimum conditions:

  • Doctoral Dissertation: cumulative
  • Participation in 11 CES Lecture Series (32 lectures)
  • At least one presentation at a research seminar from the Department of Economics or at an international conference
  • Completion of:
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Econometrics
    • One Elective

Test Requirement:  GRE test

  • Every applicant is required to submit a GRE test result
  • In general, we expect applicants to score in the quantitative part of the GRE at or above the 80th percentile. In the past, the typical successful candidate scored around or above the 90th percentile.
  • University requires all applicants to send their score report directly to the MGSE via the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The ETS code number of the MGSE is 1883. In exceptional cases, we may accept a scanned version of your GRE score report. Screenshots of your GRE results will not be accepted.

English Language Requirement: Fluency in the German language is not required for admission. All courses, lectures and seminars at the MGSE are held in English. Therefore, applicants must prove sufficient knowledge by including a TOEFL or IELTS certificate to their application, unless:

  • They are a native speaker of English, or
  • They have completed their master’s degree at an English-speaking school or university

Germany Scholarships

How to Apply: The application procedure takes place via an online application tool. Applicants need the following documents for their application: CV, letter of motivation, certificate of secondary education (if available, encouraged), bachelor’s diploma, master’s diploma (or preliminary transcript of records), proof of English proficiency, GRE results, and two letters of recommendation. All documents must either be in English or German.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is March 31, 2017.

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