Doctoral Positions as Research and Teaching Assistants

The Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE) is the umbrella organization for graduate education at LMU Munich’s Faculty of Economics and coordinates the application process for various institutions and research programs.

Successful candidates, who pursue their doctoral studies at the MGSE, are provided with an advanced training for in-depth research in economics. The doctoral program has a strong focus on the application of state-of-the-art methods. It combines demanding course work and an early start of individual research. Positions offer comprehensive supervising and mentoring schemes, excellent international contacts, and access to an outstanding research infrastructure from one of Europe’s top 10 universities.


Generally, doctoral 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 affiliating institution and the teaching load the position might carry (maximally 5 hours per week during the semester). Your specific affiliation and funding depend on and will be matched according to your research interests to one of the following institutions or research programs:

  • Department Chairs
  • Egon Sohmen Graduate Center
  • GRK 1928 - Microeconomic Determinants of Labor Productivity
  • Ifo Institute
  • Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance


We expect 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. Any missing graduate-level training will be specified in an individual supervision agreement. Candidates should be highly motivated to conduct independent research. Fluency in German language is not required for admission.


The application period is from December 15, 2017 to April 3, 2018. In general, positions and courses start in October 2018. The application tool is available on our webpage.

An admission committee will screen applications on a rolling basis. Applicants presenting a detailed offer by another doctoral program may ask the admission committee for an early decision on their admission.

Applicants need the following documents for their application: CV, Letter of Motivation, Certificate of Secondary Education (if available), Bachelor Diploma, Master Diploma (or preliminary Transcript of Records), Proof of English-skills, GRE-Test, and two recommendation letters. All documents have to be either in English or German.

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