zum Inhalt springen



Each year CGS a limited number ofscholarships 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 four to five years 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.

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 (www.ewi.uni-koeln.de). 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 1.365 a month for the duration of three years and are limited to a three-year period. Note: Please note, that fellows are required to pay for health-insurance out of this amount.



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  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.

For the first step, click here