We invite applications for 7 DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the School of Business and Economics of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) offer a joint doctoral programme in labour market research (GradAB), which prepares graduates for a career in academics and in policy consulting. GradAB is a three-year programme of high-level training in labour market research, which can be extended for another year under certain conditions. Part-time scholarship is possible. The English language course programme provides training on labour market research, methods, and data at an advanced level.

Doctoral students benefit from

  • a professional research and policy-consulting environment in one of the key institutions advising high-ranking social policymakers,
  • IAB’s large network of renowned national and international universities, research and policy institutions,
  • IAB’s unique data resources on employment and social security (administrative and survey data).

The scholarship offers financial support of 1,350 €/month plus 1,800 €/year for participation in scientific conferences and further training. Extra support for research visits is available. In addition, most of our GradAB participants work as junior researchers on a 25 % position in one of IAB’s research departments (employment subject to social insurance contributions / minimum 1,060 €/month). Please note however that the IAB does not guarantee the availability of any vacant job positions at the start of the programme. We invite applications from outstanding graduates in the fields of economics, sociology or other social sciences who hold a master’s degree and have a strong interest in labour market research.

The IAB aims at increasing the share of doctoral students with disabilities. For this reason, applications from persons with disabilites are highly welcome. If applicants are otherwise equally qualified, female applicants will be given preference.

1 October 2023

up to 4 years

Please submit your application in English by 17 March 2023

Dr. Sandra Huber,
GradAB coordinator


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