Doctoral Fellowships

BIGSEM students are typically funded during their doctoral studies through different channels. Some students are employed by a chair at the Faculty of Business Administration and Econmics or at the Center for Mathematical Economics. Another option is to apply for a BiGSEM fellowship. The Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management each year offers a limited number of full scholarships. Furthermore, depending on the current projects there might be fellowships funded by third parties available through BiGSEM as well. And finally, there are a number of third party fellowships doctoral students can apply for directly at the funding institution.
The application period for funding depends on the source of financing.

Research Assistant Positions

Graduate students can cover their living expenses by working as teaching or research assistants.These positions can be awarded for up to six years. Open jobs are advertised through various channels. On the Bielefeld University webpage for job postings openings are published here. Further information is usually also given by the chair to which the position is assigned to.

BIGSEM fellowships

These fellowships are ususally awarded for the duration of three years. Applications are solicited simultaneously with the application for acceptance at BIGSEM.

Bielefeld Young Researchers' Fund

Twice a year, the Rectorate of Bielefeld University grants financial awards from the  Bielefeld Young Researchers' Fund in order to support the work of young, highly qualified academics. Students preparing for their doctoral phase and doctoral students in their final phase can apply for the funding lines Career Bridge Master - Doctorate or Doctorate Completion Scholarship.

Third party scholarships

There exist a number of foundations which support outstanding qualified doctoral students through a scholarship.
The database of the Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides a good overview of potential funding organizations. In addition to that, there are several different foundations which are supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research that offer financial support for doctoral students.

The DAAD database

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organization in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. On its website the DAAD offers an easy to handle and well-arranged database. This DAAD database provides the user with information about many current scholarships offered by different (and not only DAAD supported) organizations. Another advantage of the DAAD database is that the applicants can directly search for offers proposed for their country.

Funding Organizations

Listed below are foundations which offer scholarships for highly motivated doctoral students. Additional funding sources are provided at the PhD funding webpage of the Verein für Socialpolitik.  The list includes some foundations with a political or a religious background. All are supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The following basic rules apply to all of these foundations: The scholarships are open to graduated German students as well as to young graduate students from abroad who are admitted to a doctoral program at a German university. Funding is usually awarded for two years. Applications for these scholarships go through the respective organizations directly.

For further information regarding the funding organizations see:

Ernst Ludwig Foundation

Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst

Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Hans Seidel Foundation

Hans Böckler Foundation
Heinrich Böll Foundation

Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Foundation of German Business

German National Academic Foundation


Guidance for Application

For further information or if there is any need for guidance to apply for a fellowship, please feel free to contact:

BIGSEM Coordination

Phone: ++49.521.106-4865
Office: V8-145, main building




Zainab Iftikhar

successfully defended her thesis on "Essays on the Effect of Migration and Demographic Factors on Labor Markets and Human Capital Accumulation". Congratulations!

Continuous-Time Dynamic Programming, HJB equations, Viscosity Solutions and their use in Economics and Finance

Fausto Gozzi from Università LUISS in Rom is going to hold a Mini Course  from May 2 to May 8. For further information please click here.

Kerstin Hötte

Congratulations! Kerstin Hötte successfully applied for funding for her "Cotutelle de thèse" from the DFH.

Zainab Iftikhar will defend her thesis.

EDEEM student, Zainab Iftikhar, will defend her doctoral thesis. It will take place on Wednesday April 25 at 2 pm at Université Catholique de Louvain.

Social Networks, Referrals and Neighborhood Effects in Frictional Labour Markets

Anna Zaharieva (Bielefeld University), Michael Neugart (Univeristy of Darmstadt) and Michele Battisti (CESifo, Munich) are organising a workshop "Social Networks, Referrals and Neighborhood Effects in Frictional Labour Markets" on the 16th of April at the ZIF.

Successful ExSIDE Second Network-Wide Training Event

in March at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris. Our doctoral studens participate at these training event R. Terranova, M. Nanumyan, E. Damdinsuren, S. Reissl, F. Li, T.S. Pham ...

Phemelo Tamasiga

successfully defended his thesis on "Essays in International Trade, Multinational Firm Production and Economic Growth". Congratulations!

BiGSEM Workshop

The 12th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory took place at Bielefeld University earlier this week. The annual event is entirely organized by doctoral students for doctoral students. Out of a pool of applications, fourteen speakers where invited to talk about their research in various fields of theoretical economics. All of these talks took place in the plenary hall of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research amidst the green of the Teutoburg Forest. Afterwards, everybody returned home with new ideas and concepts.Pictures

Philipp Möhlmeier

successfully defended his thesis on "The Role of Externalities in Social and Economic Networks".


Simon Schopohl

successfully defended his thesis on "Essays in Communication and Information Transmission".


Gregor Böhl

successfully defended his thesis on "Macrofinance Dynamics, Heterogeneity, and Policy Design".


Oliver Claas

successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Wage Bargaining in Dynamic Macroeconomics".


Michael Günther

successfully defended his thesis on "Theory and Application of Renegotiation in Repeated Games". Congratulations!

Michael Günther will defend his thesis

BiGSEM Student, Michael Günther, will defend his thesis on Tuesday, September 19. It will take place at 5 pm in room V10-122.

BiGSEM happily welcomes two new BiGSEM members:

Ms. Fabienne Dascher 
Mr. Jasper Hepp

and three new doctoral students of the ExSIDE program are starting their doctoral work at Bielefeld University:

Mr. Erdenebulgan Damdinsuren;
Ms. Mariam Nanumyan;
Ms. Roberta Terranova

We wish our new students a good start and much success with their academic program!

Sevak Alaverdyan has been invited to the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences

The Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings has selected Sevak Alaverdyan to participate in the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences to be held from 22 - 26 August 2017 in Lindau, Germany. Up to 20 Nobel Laureates and approximately 400 highly-talented young economists  from all over the world will participate in this meeting. Sevak Alaverdyan was selected among 1000 nominated students. Congratulations!

Benoit Decerf has a forthcoming publication in The Journal of Public Economics

The EDEEM graduate Benoit Decerf has a forthcoming publication in The Journal of Public Economics "Why not consider that being absolutely poor is worse than being only relatively poor?", which is a part of his PhD dissertation.

Gregor Böhl is awarded the "SCE 2017 Graduate Student Paper Contest"

The EDEEM student Gregor Böhl has been awarded the "Graduate Student Paper Contest 2017" of the Society for Computational Economics (SCE). The awards have been presented during the international conference "Computing in Economics and Finance" in New York City on Friday, June 30.

We are very happy to congratulate Gregor Böhl who is awarded the "Graduate Student Paper Contest 2017" for his paper "Monetary Policy and Speculative Stock Markets".

New Position at Goethe University Frankfurt

We are glad to announce that Gregor Böhl has landed a job as a post doc at the Goethe University in Frankfurt from 01.06.2017. We wish him all the best and success for his professional and private future.