The Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE) administers the PhD program at the Department of Economics of the University of Mannheim.
The CDSE as part of the GESS was established through the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and is funded 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. 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.
The CDSE also runs a PhD track in cooperation with the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). This track aims to provide participants not only with an excellent academic education in the form of the CDSE program within the GESS, but also with key skills in the field of economic policy advice - an area in which the ZEW has a strong international reputation. Students opting for this track receive scholarships from the ZEW in their first year (1.250 €/month). In addition, ZEW scholarship holders benefit from close exchange with ZEW researchers and a research unit. From the second year onwards and conditional on successful completion of the core courses and a successful interview with their preferred research unit at the ZEW, students become fully integrated into the ZEW as researchers, while continuing the CDSE program. More information can be found here.
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.