Ph.D 6 Scholarships for Researchers in Labour Market Research

at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany

6 scholarships in Labour Market Research, IAB and University of Erlangen – Nuremberg with a duration of 3 years. The English-speaking programme promotes theoretical and empirical methods at an advanced level.

Applicants are granted access to the excellent data of the IAB
on employment and social security.

The labour markets of western industrialized states are currently experiencing diverse and sometimes far-reaching processes of change. In order to understand these and to study them in an analytical way, it is necessary to conceive and apply theoretical concepts and empirical findings from a variety of different scientific disciplines.

This is the reason why IAB and the School of Business and Economics of the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have set up a programme to support doctoral proposals in the field of labour market research.

The aim of the programme is to train outstanding junior researchers from the social sciences and economics disciplines in the field of labour market and occupational research.


As a rule, IAB grants up to six scholarships a year to outstanding young researchers from the social sciences and economics disciplines.
Target group and admission requirements

We expect excellent academic qualifications, an especial interest in and enthusiasm for issues of the labour market and occupational research, and personal qualities that promise success in completing the programme.

Preference will be given to dissertation proposals that would profit in a special way from being attached to IAB and from which IAB itself might profit in a special way. If the preparation of the project outline reveals the need for better knowledge of the IAB data resources there is the possibility to visit the IAB for conducting data research.

Contact: Sandra Huber

Application documents

Application documents must contain:

  1. A complete, tabular CV
  2. Copies of school leaving certificates and certificates relating to vocational training and activities
  3. Copies of university certificates already attained
  4. A letter of reference from the professor supervising the dissertation with respect to personal and academic qualifications and the importance of the topic of the dissertation for labour market and occupational research. (If, at the time of application, the supervisory professor has not yet been selected, evidence of the personal and academic qualifications of the applicant should be provided by submitting other references and letters of recommendation.)
  5. Notification of the doctoral requirements applicable to the doctoral subjects at the university in question, as well as an indication of which of these are still to be met
  6. An outline of the project in which, above all, the following must be addressed:
  7. The reasons for selecting the topic and its place in current research
  8. Major problems and issues
  9. The theoretical approach and methodical considerations regarding implementation
  10. A workplan/schedule
  11. Bibliography
  • The project outline should not be more than 25,000 characters (including spaces).

Selection process

  • Scholarships will be announced via the Internet and via further appropriate media.
  • All applications will be submitted to a selection commission composed equally of representatives of IAB and of the School of Business and Economics of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
  • The selection commission will then decide which applicants are to be invited to attend a personal interview.
  • The applicant will present him/herself to the selection commission. This will consist of a short presentation of the project, followed by a discussion.
  • Selection of applicants to be offered a scholarship in accordance with their written documents and personal presentation.

Periods of application

The closing date for applying for new scholarships (granted as of 1 January 2013) is 31 October 2012.
Prospective schedule 2012/2013

  • Call for applications: from April 2012
  • Closing date for applications: 31 October 2012
  • Interviews: November 2012
  • Scholarship offers: December 2012
  • Commencement of the programme: 1 January 2013

Entry Requirements: Master or diploma degree
For more information see http://www.iab. de/en/gradab

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