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Europe’s newest doctoral program in International Economics

The Kiel Advanced Studies Program

Structure of our PhD program

Why choose our program?

How to apply

A new program to address global economic challenges

  • The global economic system is undergoing a fundamental transformation, with rising geopolitical tensions and the transition to a greener global economy. We need novel and improved research to address these significant challenges.
  • The Kiel Institute is dedicated to lead the process as a premier European hub for research in international economics.  
  • We are excited to announce the launch of a new doctoral program that aims to become Europe’s leading PhD program in the field of international economics.


    Key dates and details:

    • Application start: 11 December 2023

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    • Two application deadlines:
      15. January 2024 (early offers) and March 1 (late offers)
    • Program start (1st cohort):
      September 2024
    • Two main steps:
      16 months of coursework/orientation and 3,5 years of research

    What distinguishes us?

    • A clear focus on international economics
    • Academic excellence and world-leading external lecturers
    • Policy relevance: we encourage students to do high quality research that matters
    • A small cohort with close supervision and a collegial and supportive atmosphere, striving for at least 50% female students.
    • Generous financial support and housing (5-year funding)
    • Choose between the Baltic Sea and Berlin

    Why choose our program?Outstanding professors

    40-years of experience

    • The program builds on our 40-year track record of training postgraduate students in international economics via the Kiel Institute Advanced Studies Program (ASP). The ASP was originally a 10-months postgraduate degree, with more than 600 successful ASP alumni worldwide. 
    • The ASP now raises its ambitions to become a full-fledged, 5-year, high-quality doctoral program that aims for the very top.