PhD Scholarships in Management, Economics and Social Sciences, Germany

Deadline: 30 April 2011
Open to: students with a master’s degree in Economics, Finance, Management, Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences, Energy Economics/Policy, Econometrics/Statistics
Scholarship: EUR 1.200 for three years

Each year CGS awards 10 to 12 scholarships to excellent students (among the top 10% of their year) with a Master/Dipl. degree or close to finishing their degree. These students will enter a focused, intensive three-year program leading to a PhD (Dr. rer. pol). It is the expressed purpose of this intensive program to educate excellent researchers and teachers who, after obtaining their degree, will mainly stay in academia.


The CGS specifically encourages international students with a master’s degree in Economics, Finance, Management, Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences, Energy Economics/Policy, Econometrics/Statistics and related fields to apply.

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 also apply for a scholarship at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI). 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.


Fellows receive a monthly stipend of EUR 1.200 for three years. No tuition is charged. Following a successful evaluation after the first year, fellowships will be extended for another two years. A full PhD program runs for three years. Extension of fellowships beyond this period is not possible. Fellowships are tax-free. Students will have a fully equipped office within the CGS department, full access to all libraries and other university institutions and additional funds for participation in conferences, summer schools, etc.


The deadline for all applications (including two recommendations and complete application materials) is April 30, at 12pm (noon).

Step 1: Submit Application and Registration Form. Do not send any other materials until requested to do so!

In order to access the online application form, you need to enable JavaScript in your browser and you need to accept the Security-Certificate edited by DFN (Deutsches Forschungs-Netz) using the Deutsche Telekom Root Certificate.

Step 2: Once you have received your registration code, please submit the following materials:

* A cover letter with a clear statement of your motivation and your research interest
* Curriculum Vitae
* A list of possible dissertation topics with a short explanation of each
* Abitur-Zeugnis (for German residents only)
* TOEFL or equivalent (The ETS code number of CGS is 6450)
* GMAT or GRE (for non-German residents only)
* Scans of official academic transcripts
* Scan of your last degree awarded
* Two recommendations to be filled out on-line and submitted directly to CGS by two referees


Cologne Graduate School of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS)
Richard-Strauss-Str. 2
50931 Köln

The official webpage.


6 thoughts on “PhD Scholarships in Management, Economics and Social Sciences, Germany

        1. Hi, Albert,

          I hope that you are aware that the deadline for this scholarship is over. Generally speaking, TOEFL scores are valid for two years and as you know, the TOEFL institution is sending the score to the university, so you would have to do it again.
          You can ask the university whether they will accept the copy of the original score, but most universities will not accept a copy from you.



  1. Dear sir/madam
    I have complete m-com from Mumbai university on management.Now I am applying for Ph.D course under this related term on full scholarship basis. If it is possible from any university please contact me on main email address as soon as possible.Always thinking your co-operation.

    1. Dear Dhunganatankprasad,

      please bear in mind that no university will contact you, on the contrary, you have to contact the university you are interested in.
      Most of the deadline for the autumn period are already over or nearly over, so you either hurry up or

      You can check the available positions, e.g. here:

      or you will search for PhD positions from the university to the university according to the country.

      Good luck,


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