Doctoral Programme Quantitative Economics

Information on Kiel University

Visits to Kiel University and/or the Kiel Institute for the World Economy are possible for doctoral candidates preferably from their second year on.


About Kiel University

Kiel University, as the oldest and largest university in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, dates back to 1665 and has a student population of approximately 25,000. In honors to its founder Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, its full name today is Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.  The campus is located in short reach of the Kiel Bay and its beaches on the Baltic Sea.

The Department of Economics ranked 6th in Germany and 10th in the German speaking area (including Austria and Switzerland) in 2011. The staff includes 14 professors and 2 assistant professors plus 3 full professors and 1 assistant professor at the Institute for Statistics and Econometrics. Also professors from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy lecture at the university, increasing the actual number of professors at Kiel University. The doctoral programme "Quantitative Economics" lists 85 doctoral candidates ranging from first to fifth year.

The staff of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, which we are closely connected to, consists of more than 60 researchers from different fields like Economics, Environmental Sciences and Political Sciences. Acknowledged as one of the three leading research institutes in Economis in Germany it shares the building with the German National Library of Economics - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, which is the world's largest specialized library for Economics. The Kiel Institute for the World Economy ranked 5th worldwide among think tanks concernd with international economics policy in the "The Global Go-To Think Tanks" study conducted by the International Relations Program of the University of Pennsylvania. It also organizes the Advanced Studies Program in International Economic Policy Research.

Kiel University

Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

Kiel Institute for the World Economy


Opportunities at Kiel University

The duration of your research stay can be scheduled for at least one week up to one semester. Visitors at Kiel University can either enroll as a "visiting researcher" or "free-mover". Enrolling as a "free-mover" is due to a fee of approximately 175,00 Euro. Being enrolled as a "free-mover" includes different advantages like free public transport within the city of Kiel and other discounts.

Upon request participation in the Programme's doctoral courses as well as in the Advanced Studies Program is possible. Also, participation at the Kiel Summer School for Economic Policy at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy is open to one of the doctoral exchange candidate. During your research stay a workspace, internet access and access to the libraries will be provided.

Since a major objective of your stay should be the ingegration of you as a doctoral candidate into the research seminars at Kiel University and Kiel Institute for the World Economy, you will be asigned a local professor as mentor.



Accomodation and travel preparations are the candidate's own responsibility. For support on the accomodation search the International Center in cooperation with the Graduate Center offer support through their Doc-Pilots.

Costs cannot be covered by the Doctoral Programme "Quantitative Economics", therefore they have to be covered by the visiting candidate. For financial aid from the University of Illinois, please contact the Department of Economics on-site.