DIW Graduate Center PhD in economics
Social SciencesEconomics and business

The Graduate Center (GC) at the German Institute for Economic Research Berlin (DIW) provides excellent training in economics to doctoral candidates from around the world. Participants receive both intensive academic training as well as individually tailored supervision of their dissertations.

The GC allows doctoral candidates to apply their knowledge in the professional research environment of DIW Berlin, one of Germany’s leading economic think-tanks.


The GC offers a four-year program of in-depth training in economics leading to a doctoral degree from one of Berlin’s universities. The first year comprises a curriculum of high-level courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. During the last three years doctoral candidates are provided with on-the-job training in one of DIW Berlin’s research departments.

Typical research areas include applied topics in macroeconomics, microeconomics, public economics, environmental economics, and social policy.

Graduates of the GC graduates are outstandingly qualified in the scientific analysis of economic and social policy issues with excellent methodological skills, experience in handling empirical data, and detailed knowledge of economics.

There are no tuition fees. Participants receive scholarships. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in economics or related sciences.

Prof. Georg Weizsäcker, PhD  Yun Cao programme

economics, microeconomics, macro-economics, econometrics, public economics, environmental economics, social policy

Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Georg Weizsäcker
Yun Cao
DIW Berlin
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
+49 (0)30 897 892 10
15th February 2020
15 per year
15 per year
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