Application BiGSEM

Application BiGSEM

The doctoral programme 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 the application form, 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 Doctoral Fellowships.

Please note that the University currently charges no tuition fees for doctoral work. However, an enrollment fee of about 292,10 € 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 programme please apply at






Stefan Berens

Stefan Berens successfully defended his thesis on "Exploring Modifications to the Perception of Economic Agents: Impartial, Farsighted, and Optimistic Perspectives".


Martin Lunge

Martin Lunge successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on the Reorganization of Firms and on the Interplay of Hesitant Agents".



BiGSEM student Stefan Berens will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 10:00 am on Wednesday December 11.


BiGSEM student Martin Lunge will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in V10-122 at 4:15 pm on Thursday November 28.

Ashenafi Teshome Guta

Ashenafi Teshome Guta successfully defended his thesis on "Essays in Globalization, Technology, and the Labor Market".



BiGSEM student Ashenafi Teshome Guta will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in V10-122 at 2:30 pm on Wednesday October 16.

BiGSEM happily welcomes new BiGSEM students:

Ms. Birgül Akar,
Mr. Gerrit Bauch,
Ms. Larissa Pethig,
Ms. Melina Schleef,

and one of the new BiGSEM students is starting his doctoral work in the EDEEM program at Bielefeld University:

Mr. Alexandre Carrier;

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

BiGSEM Workshop Deadline

The submission deadline for the 14th BiGSEM doctoral workshop has been extended to Sep. 15. For submission, please fill out the online form and upload your paper or extended abstracthttps://forms.gle/y5fXq3xNrTNHf8KE7

DFH Funding

Congratulations! Zhaojun Xing successfully applied for funding for his "Cotutelle de thèse" from the DFH.

Philip Bergmann

Philip Bergmann successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Energy in Macroeconomic Models".