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DIW Berlin Graduate Center


  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
  • Freie Universität Berlin (FU)
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU)
  • Technische Universität Berlin (TU)
  • Berlin Doctoral Program of Economics & Management Science (BDPEMS)

Target Group

Economics (and related social sciences)


The DIW Berlin Graduate Center provides a structured doctoral program enabling outstanding young scholars from all over the world to complete a Ph.D. in four years. The Graduate Center cooperates closely with Berlin’s universities. The doctoral students take part in a demanding lecture and seminar program, work with DIW Berlin’s Research Departments, gain international experience, and learn how to advise on economic and policy issues.

Theme Focus

Empirical economic research and policy consultancy


Training Structure: The training follows a dual training approach:

During the first year the GC offers a high-level coursework curriculum. In the first semester doctoral students will take the following core courses: (1) advanced-level math, (2) microeconomics, (3) macroeconomics, (4) economic policy, (5) advanced econometrics.
The second term of the first year consists of either microeconometrics or time series analysis and two advanced courses offered by the Berlin universities. Doctoral students can choose out of a variety of fields that fit their research interests and are at the PhD level.

In the second year doctoral students will join one of the nine research departments at DIW Berlin and will be provided on-the-job training in DIW Berlin’s research projects.

The third and fourth year will be devoted to the completion of the PhD thesis, while still working on research projects with the departments.

Regular seminars and workshops are offered in order to keep the doctoral students integrated into an interactive research network.

Students are expected to submit their research to international conferences, publish discussion papers and write a “DIW Weekly Report”.


The Graduate Center also contains numerous activities for further education and research dissemination, like Masterclasses, research seminars and reading groups. Scientific Skill Workshops are also offered.

Masterclasses are a series of one- or two-day courses (about once a month) on various topics in Econometrics,
A list of upcoming Masterclasses can be found here:


Yun Cao
Phone: +49 30 / 897 89 ‑ 210
Email: ycao[at]

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