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PhD in Regional Disparities & Economic Policy by RTG, Germany [4 Fully Funded Positions]: Apply by Mar 23


The causes and consequences of regional disparities are subject to a lively debate both in academia and in public. The University of Duisburg-Essen, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Technical University Dortmund run the joint graduate program “Regional Disparities and Economic Policy”, which is funded by the German Research Foundation and started in 2019.
The overarching goal of the research training group (RTG) is to provide an outstanding education for doctoral students in its research area while at the same time contributing to frontier research in its field.

About the Programme
  • A tailor-made qualification program, enabling high-quality PhD dissertations in three years, including targeted course-work, funding for (international) research stays, conference and summer school participation, as well as an excellent supervision environment and job market support.
  • A unique research environment and infrastructure in the dynamic Ruhr Valley Region in Germany, with eight principal investigators at four Economics departments, an extensive network of local and international expertise that is regularly tied in to the qualification and research program.
  • Family friendly environment geared to promote equal opportunity and diversity. International applicants are highly welcome! The program is entirely in English and we support accepted international students in obtaining visa, housing, etc.
Who can Apply
  • Master’s degree by October 2020 in Economics or a related field (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics). A strong background in Economics at the advanced Master’s level is desired, but can to some extend be compensated by a strong background in mathematics or statistics.
  • Advanced skills in econometrics as well as experience in programming and in dealing with large data sets is advantageous.
  • Research interests in the field of regional disparities and a strong passion for research.
How to Apply

The application form is available here.
The application form with all documents to be sent preferably via email to Prof. Dr. Tobias Seidel on the following email address:

Application Deadline

March 23, 2020



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