The Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE) administers the PhD program at the Department of Economics of the University of Mannheim.
The CDSE is supported by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and by private donors, including generous support by the Fontana Foundation. The PhD program is taught and administered in English. Admission is based purely on merit and open to excellent students holding either a Bachelor or a Master degree.
Admitted students receive a scholarship and there is no tuition fee. CDSE students are financed by a scholarship during the first and the second year (1.250 €/month) of their studies. The Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) offers a limited number of scholarships to first year CDSE students starting in September 2018. The scholarship comprises a monthly living allowance of 1200 Euros. Furthermore, ZEW scholarship students benefit from close contact with a ZEW researcher and easy access to a ZEW research area group. After the two year course phase, students are either funded by a continuation scholarship or teaching/research assistantships at the University of Mannheim. Students are also encouraged to actively pursue external funding options themselves.
Recent graduates of the program have published in top academic journals, e.g. the American Economic Review and the Journal of the European Economic Association, and have obtained academic positions at top European departments (e.g. Humboldt University, Berlin; Tilburg University; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; Toulouse University; University of Bonn; University of Vienna etc.), in the U.S. (e.g. Yale University; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas) and Asia (e.g. Hongkong University of Science and Technology; Wuhan University, China). Detailed placement information is available in the CDSE Alumni section.