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Young Researchers

DIW Berlin's Graduate Center (GC) supports young researchers in a structured doctoral program in economics. For the subsequent postdoc phase, DIW Berlin also offers many opportunities for further training and the development of a research network. In addition to an excellent infrastructure at DIW Berlin, doctoral students and postdocs benefit from the GC's close cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and Potsdam. This provides excellent access to a broad research landscape in which a wide range of research interests are represented.

PhD Training at the DIW Graduate Center

The DIW Graduate Center (GC) offers a high-quality four- to five-year PhD program in economics at an international level. In many subfields of economics, the GC, with its 50-60 doctoral students, makes a significant contribution to the research performance of the Berlin university landscape. Young researchers can be supervised in many doctoral topics in economics.

The content of the GC PhD program is oriented toward that of the Berlin School of Economics. However, it also offers a number of unique features. The possibility to integrate the PhD students into the research departments of the institute during the research phase promotes not only a basic scientific education on an internationally recognized level, but also a stronger practical orientation of research activities. Students gain experience in policy consulting, providing them with excellent preparation for a wide variety of career paths whether in academia or in research-based economic policy. DIW Berlin also actively supports doctoral students in their research-based policy consulting by offering specially adapted writing courses and interview training.

In addition, the GC organizes a wide range of theoretical and empirical Masterclasses and Minicourses. These one- to five-day courses on a variety of topics in economics are taught by renowned international scholars. They are not only open to doctoral students, but also to postdocs working at DIW Berlin and Berlin universities. Young researchers not only have the opportunity to deepen their methodological and economic knowledge, but also to establish important contacts with internationally renowned scientists.