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Welcome to the DIW Graduate Center

The DIW Graduate Center offers a top-class economic doctoral program in Berlin, an exciting city for graduate studies. Every year, many young and promising economic researchers from around the world are attracted by our well-designed program, our internationally renowned faculty, and our partnerships with some of the best research institutions and universities in Germany.

Our program is guided by excellence and relevance. We are committed to providing our students with the best possible doctoral training according to international standards and to paving the way for their careers in academic research and policy advice. We are proud to see our graduates work in world-class universities like Erasmus University Rotterdam, London School of Economics, and University College London as well as in policy institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, German Federal Ministries and the European Central Bank. Explore our website to learn more about our program. For any inquiries, we are happy to help you.

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What our students and alumni say about their experience at the DIW Graduate Center:

„The DIW Berlin offers first-class training and support to start your career in economic research. The opportunity to be part of Berlin’s large academic community and at the same time benefit from interactions with policy experts in so many different fields is unique. Not to mention that Berlin is one of the best cities to live in the world!“ Martin Harding defended his thesis in 2020.

„The DIW Graduate Center combines a strong and rigorous academic training with the exposure to policy consultancy in an ideal manner. With its embeddedness in the unique academic and political landscape in Berlin the program prepared me perfectly for a challenging position within a policy institution.“ Maximilian Podstawski defended his thesis in 2018.

„I believe that the exchange of ideas is crucial for interesting research. To me, DIW is and always has been an exciting place to learn from various experts, meet other researchers and broaden one's horizon.“ Kathleen Ngangoué defended her thesis in 2017.

„The DIW Graduate Center provided me with a stimulating research environment where I could exchange ideas with many colleagues and fellow Ph.D. students. The perfect combination of continuous training and self-determined research excellently prepared me for pursuing my academic career.“ Sarah Damann defended her thesis in 2016

„I joined the DIW Graduate Center because it is the perfect place to exchange ideas and work with many excellent researchers.“ Andreas Thiemann defended his thesis in 2016