Application BiGSEM

The Ph.D. Program in Economics and Management is primarily open to graduates from business administration, economics, or mathematics, but also to those with degrees in related fields, such as engineering, operations research, or statistics. The cultural diversity of BiGSEM's students and their know-how in different fields assure rewarding synergy effects not only for graduate students, but also for faculty members. An admissions committee, selected by the board of directors, reviews applications of prospective students and decides on their admission. The total number of graduate students admitted to BiGSEM is restricted to a small number to ensure individual guidance and supervision.

The Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management welcomes applications from exceptional and highly motivated graduates with a degree in

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Mathematics

or related fields, such as

  • Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Statistics
  • etc.

The formal prerequisite for admission as a doctoral student is a Master's degree or equivalent (e.g. a German Diplom) conferred by a University after four years of study and including a written thesis. The degree need not be completed at the time of application. Furthermore, a sound knowledge of modern mathematical techniques is indispensable for successful participation.

Currently  BiGSEM cannot offer full scholarships to doctoral students. However BiGSEM is open to accept doctoral students who do not need financial assistance from BiGSEM and have the agreement of a BiGSEM faculty member to supervise them. Hence, if you are interested to join BiGSEM, please check the faculty list under: http://www.bigsem.de/members/faculty/ for faculty members working in your areas of interest and contact a potential supervisor directly. Once you have the agreement of a potential BiGSEM Supervisor, please send an application letter, mentioning your supervisor, and a CV including transcripts from your previous studies to bigsem-coordination@uni-bielefeld.de.

As for financial support, you can find information for several funding opportunities under http://www.bigsem.de/Funding/Doctoral_Fellowships/ .

Please note that the University currently charges no tuition fees for doctoral work. However, an enrollment fee of about 290€ is due every semester and includes a ticket for unlimited public transport in the area. Also, health insurance is mandatory in most cases.

Application EDE-EM

For the EDE-EM program please apply at





BiGSEM happily welcomes ExSIDE students

BiGSEM happily welcomes three second year ExSIDE doctoral students who are now doing their research in BiGSEM during the academic year 2018/19:

Ms. Fen Li
Mr. Thanh Son Pham
Mr. Severin Reissl

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

Herman Demeze

Ghislain-Herman Demeze-Jouatsa successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Repeated Games".



BiGSEM student, Ghislain-Herman Demeze-Jouatsa, will defend his doctoral  thesis. It will take place on Friday September 21 at 2 pm in V10-122.

ExSIDE Research Training School

The ExSIDE Research Training School will take place from the 12th of September until the 14th of September 2018 at the Bielefeld University

BGTS mobility grants

Congratulations! Ghislain Herman Demeze successfully applied for the BGTS mobility grants.

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 ...

CEF 2018

Nine BiGSEM members actively participated and presented papers at  the 24th International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance (CEF 2018) in Milano http://comp-econ.org/CEF_2018/.

Call for Papers

13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory

Bielefeld University, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)

December 10-11, 2018

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, 2018