PhD Fellowships in Economics, Vienna Graduate School of Economics (Austria)

Country: Austria;

Deadline: 30.04.2013



Deadline: 31 January 2013/30 April 2013
Open to: Applicants with master degree in economics or related fields with advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics
Fellowship: Full fellowship: Euro 26.580 gross/year, limited fellowship: Euro 10.200 net/year

VGSE offers a unique opportunity to study at a PhD program with a world-class faculty located in the center of the “number 1 quality of living city worldwide”. Apply now and benefit from our attractive fellowships! The Vienna Graduate School of Economics (VGSE) is a collaboration of the University of Vienna and the Institute for Advanced Studies. It offers a broad three-year PhD program in economics focusing on specialized field courses, research seminars, and intensively supervised research time. One year is allocated to course work and research training; two years to research. The school is financed by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF). The program is entirely run in English.


Applicants at VGSE must have completed a master program in economics or related fields with advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. As a VGSE PhD student you work on your own research in the VGSE office and contribute to a lively research environment. You follow courses, conduct your dissertation research, meet your supervisors, discuss with fellow students and faculty members, and present your ongoing research in the research seminars. Moreover you travel to conferences, summer schools, or go on extended research visits abroad.

  • Full fellowship: employment at the University of Vienna (Euro 26.580 gross/year)
  • Limited fellowship: paid by the Institute for Advanced Studies (Euro 10.200 net/year)
  • No fellowship: place to study and a research grant to attend conferences

All students receive:

  • Research grant to attend conferences, summer schools, or go on extended research visits abroad
  • Exemption from tuition fees
  • Fully equipped workplace
Application procedure

There are two independent application deadlines for the academic year 2013/2014 (program start October 2013). Most fellowships are allocated in the first application round. The first application period lasts from December 1st, 2012 to January 31st, 2013. During these two months applications for the first deadline will be received. The second deadline is 30 April 2013. The application process consists of the application package and a personal interview with the shortlisted candidates.

Application Package:
Application form
- Two recommendation letters sent to by the referees directly
- Your Application documents (one pdf file) uploaded to the application form in this order:

  1. CV (max. 2 pages)
  2. Motivation letter (1 page)
  3. Research proposal (1 page)
  4. BSc or Magister certificate
  5. MSc or Magister certificate (finished at the start of the program only)
  6. Transcript of grades of your MSc or Magister studies
  7. Reading lists or syllabi (content and literature) for MSc level courses in: Microeconomics/Macroeconomics/Econometrics
  8. GRE test result (DI Code 6733)
  9.  English test result (TOEFL Code Number 6757, or IELTS test, or waiver request)

Personal Interviews may be held face-to-face, via telephone, or via Skype.


Verena Konrad
Vienna Graduate School of Economics
Maria Theresien Strasse 3, Top 18, 3rd floor
A-1090 Vienna
Tel: +43-(0)1-4277-37422
Fax: +43-(0)1-4277-37492
Skype: VGSEconomics

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