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10-12 PhD Scholarships at the Cologne University

The Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics, and Social Sciences (CGS) offers 10-12 Ph.D. Scholarships (three years, starting October 1, 2018).

The Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics, and Social Sciences (CGS) of the WiSo-Faculty offers a three-year doctoral program to outstanding students holding a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Management, Economics and Social Sciences. In particular, we offer scholarships integrated in our Key Research Profile Areas:  

  • Design and Behavior
  • Behavioral Management Science
  • Digital Transformation
  • Demography and Social Inequality
  • Markets and Government
  • Value and Risk

Joining the Key Research Profile Areas, Ph.D. scholarships holders will be part of highly vibrant and international research networks in our Faculty. The Research Areas cross disciplinary boundaries to address common research topics to conduct rigorous and relevant research.  

For more details about the Key Research Profile Areas see


About the Program
The course program will start in October 2018. During the first year, students will take part in courses on multi-disciplinary methods and theories, and subject-specific courses. During the second and third year, students mainly conduct research and work on their thesis. Students are encouraged to spend one term abroad.  


The CGS is looking for excellent students who are close to finishing their Master’s degree and who count among the top 10% of graduates in their respective cohorts. The program is taught in English.


Students accepted to the program receive a scholarship of EUR 1,200 per month. The scholarship is awarded for a maximum period of three years and is tax-free. Scholarships start with the  course program in October 2018.


Application Procedure
Application is online only and is open from December 15 to March 31, 2018. Application forms and detailed information about all required documents you will find at Please indicate which Key Research Profile Area you would like to join and please suggest potential supervisors of our Faculty. Please DO NOT send in paper applications.


Note: "EWI-Scholarship" 
If your doctoral research focus lies in the field of applied industrial economics (theoretical or empirical), regulatory economics, modelling of energy markets (optimization, methods of numerical simulation), environmental economics, or energy trading, you may apply for a EWI-scholarship at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne ( After the first year at the CGS you will join the second and third year at the EWI. The rest of the program, the qualifications needed, the procedure and the scholarship itself are the same as mentioned below.

Cologne Graduate School of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS)
Universitätsstr. 22a
50931 Köln
email: admission-cgs [at]

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Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics, and Social Sciences