Application BiGSEM

Who can apply for the doctoral programme?

The doctoral study programme in Economics and Management is primarily open to exceptional and highly motivated graduates with a degree in business administration, economics, or mathematics, but also to those with degrees in related fields, such as engineering, operations research, or statistics etc..
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.

What are the formal prerequisites for admission?

A Master's degree or equivalent 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, in each profile, Economics, Finance and Management,  additional background is expected. These prerequisites are described in more detail in the curriculum.

You are interested to study in the BiGSEM?

And you are interested to join BiGSEM, 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 An admission committee reviews the applications of prospective students and decides on their admission. Being accepted as BiGSEM student does not automatically imply financial support from BiGSEM or other university sources.

You need financial support?

Every year a limited number of work contracts is open for incoming BiGSEM students.

Job openings for the winter term 2020/21!

1. research position (PraeDoc)  -Prof. Dr. Christian Stummer-
2. research position -Prof. Dr. Geogio Ferrari
3. research position -Prof. Dr. Gerald Willmann-
4. research position -Prof. Dr. Dominik Karos-

A candidate applies to the advertised position(s) listed above. Before the interviews are taking place, all invited candidates need to submit a filled in BiGSEM application form to bigsem-coordination@uni-bielefeld.de.

Further funding opportunities

A list of third party funding can be found on this webpage Doctoral Fellowships.






New Leibniz Research Campus


Anna Zaharieva and Herbert Dawid are among researchers from Bielefeld University and the DIW Berlin, who will study economic, political and social aspects of regional heterogenity within the newly established Leibniz Research Campus "SOEP RegioHub". In their work Zaharieva and Dawid will combine the empirical analysis, mainly relying on SOEP data, with dynamic modelling appraoches. Anna Zahariava is also Co-speaker of the Campus which will receive funding from the Leibniz Association till 2024.

Funding for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie training network associated with BiGSEM!

With about 4 million Euros the European Commission is funding the innovative training network "Economic Policy in Complex Environments (EPOC)" for the next four years. It is coordinated by Bielefeld University, partner universities are Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, Kobenhavns Universitet, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.

15 doctoral fellows will participate in an innovative study programme, doing research at the two European universities and at the end obtain a double degree. Seven will study at Bielefeld University and become members of BiGSEM.


Kerstin Hötte successfully defended her thesis on "Facilitation of change: Macroeconomic Studies of technology transitions".
- This was the first semi-virtuelle dissertation defense -


Torben Koch successfully defended his thesis on "On some Stochastic Control Problems arising in Environmental Economics and Commodity Markets".


'Research Seminar Management' Talk

On January 28, there will be a 'Research Seminar Management' talk in U3-140 starting from 3:00 p.m. The speaker will be Prof. Shashi Matta (https://ekvv.uni-bielefeld.de/blog/wiwi/entry/vortrag_von_prof_shashi_matta)

Victor Zapata Garcia

Victor Garcia Zapata successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Labour Economics and International Trade".



BiGSEM student Victor Zapata Garcia will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 1:00 pm on Monday January 13.