Each year CGS awards up to 10 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 program leading to a PhD (Dr. rer. pol). It is the expressed purpose of this intensive program to educate excellent researchers and teachers.

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.

Scholars will work closely with their individual academic supervisor from the very beginning of their studies, participate in research seminars that enable them to discuss their ongoing projects and have ample opportunities to attend international summer schools and conferences. Furthermore, CGS provides them with office space and administrative support.

Scholarships amount to EUR 1.200 a month for the duration of three years and are limited to a three-year period.The CGS administrative office will then help to find subsequent funding.  Note: Please note, that fellows are required to pay for health-insurance out of this amount.

The application period lasts from December 15 of any given year and to March 31of the following year.


Records requested:

  • cv
  • letter of motivation/cover letter
  • short proposal of your research
  • TOEFL or IELTS Test
  • Transcript of your academic records
  • Abiturzeugnis (for Germans only)
  • 2 recommendations (upon initial registration your recommenders will be notified about the online recommendation process


 Additional requirements: Please note that for applicants for Economics and Management (all pertinent areas) we require a GRE or GMAT (for Cologne students: TM Wiso). We will not allow any exceptions! Applicants for Political Science and Sociology do not need a GRE.