Please note that this year's application deadline is March 20, 2018

The DIW Graduate Center welcomes applications from highly qualified and motivated postgraduate students from around the world.

For more information, please see the Expected Schedule below.


Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or diploma in economics. Degrees from other related fields (such as civil engineering, statistics or quantitative social sciences) may also fulfill the requirements for the program if the applicant has a sufficient background in economics. Applicants, who only hold a Bachelor’s degree, can be accepted into the GC if they can prove continued education at the graduate level (e.g. one year of relevant coursework of a Master’s program). Eligibility of these candidates will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency unless they hold a degree from a university in an English-speaking country, studied at least one semester at an English speaking university (with credentials), or can prove that the majority of courses during their Master's studies were taught in English. - Sufficient evidence for a good command of English is a high score in the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) or the "International English Language Testing System" (IELTS). 

A GRE test is required for all applicants who did not graduate from a European (European Economic Area), Swiss, North American, Australian, New Zealand or South African university.
GRE scores can be either sent directly to our DI Code "0096", or attached to the application documents.


The application for admission must include:

  1. the completed online application (link below during application period);
  2. the application form (see the Downloads sidebar);
  3. the applicant’s statement of objectives;
    The statement of objectives should state the applicant's motivation for participating in the program and give a short outline of his/her major research interests. The statement should be no longer than 2 pages.
  4. a detailed curriculum vitae (without photograph);
  5. a recent photograph;
  6. copies of academic transcripts and other certificates;
  7. two academic letters of recommendation (see the Downloads sidebar);
  8. a TOEFL/IELTS-test if required (see requirements above);
  9. a current GRE-test if required (see requirements above).

Please submit your application in English.

Applications are only accepted online.

Selection Procedure

We follow a two-stage selection procedure: first, a pre-selection of candidates based on their résumés and credentials, second, personal interviews at DIW Berlin. Decisions regarding admission are made by the Recruiting and Evaluation Committee of the Graduate Center, which bases its assessment on the quality of applications submitted and on the research objectives stated.

Expected Schedule for Entry in 2018

Application deadline: March 20, 2018
Invitations to interviews: Early April 2018
Interviews: Mid April 2018
Acceptance letters: Early May 2018
Rejection letters: End of May 2018
Program start: October 2018

Any inquiry can be sent to .