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

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Bielefeld-Amsterdam Fellowship 2019 - EDEEM -

A special funding opportunity for a project with mobility Bielefeld-Amsterdam is available in 2019. Application deadline is March 31, 2019. Click here for details.



Bielefeld-Amsterdam Fellowship

A special funding opportunity for a project with mobility Bielefeld-Amsterdam is available in 2019
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Lasha Chochua

Lasha Chochua successfully defended his thesis on "Essays in International Trade Policy and Social Choice under Ambiguity"



BiGSEM student Lasha Chochua will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Wednesday January 16.

BiGSEM Workshop

The 13th 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, sixteen 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

Serhat Gezer

Serhat Gezer successfully defended his thesis on "Dynamic and Strategic Analysis of Innovations"