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Ph.D.Program in Public Economics in Munich,Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance is part of the Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization. The Max Planck Institute offer students the opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. in the areas of legal studies or economics. Young academics who write their dissertations at the Institute benefit from attractive financial support. The Institute also offers doctoral students excellent research facilities in the heart of Munich and an inspiring international working environment. More information on the Ph.D. programs in both departments is available here.

The Department of Public Economics at the Max Planck Institute for Tax and Public

Finance in Munich, Germany, offers excellent opportunities for and is funding several talented Ph.D. students in Public Economics for three to four years, starting at the beginning of the academic year on October 1, 2018.

  • a monthly salary to cover living expenses,
  • funding for international event attendance and research visits,
  • extensive training in an interdisciplinary research environment in public economics and tax law
  • guidance by experienced scientists,
  • and will be admitted to a top graduate Ph.D. program with courses offered by the Munich Graduate School of Economics.

Structured PhD Programmes

An alternative route to your doctorate is via the structured PhD programme, similar to those in English-speaking countries. This model offers regular and intense supervision by a team of advisors.  The programmes include a curriculum of courses, usually with an interdisciplinary focus. These programmes will advance your skills not only in academic and scientific methods such as presentation techniques but also foster soft skills. This systematic approach allows you to complete your doctoral studies within 3 – 4 years.  

Discover more about structured PhD programmes, how to find the right structured PhD programme for you (link)

Applications for Ph.D. students are accepted once a year.

The application period for positions starting in October opens on December 15th and ends on March 31st. 

Application Procedure