The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, together with the

University of Cologne’s Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS),

invites candidates to apply for Doctoral Fellowships in Economics

within the

International Max Planck Research School on Behaviorally Smart Institutions (IMPRS BeSmart)


In a joint project, the IMPRS BeSmart offers doctoral positions starting in October 2024. Only economists may apply for this program.

PhD students will be fully-fledged members of the Cologne Graduate School of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS) and will participate in the coursework offered by the PhD Program in Economics starting in October 2024. In addition, the IMPRS’s program combines regular lab meetings and seminars with Thesis and Topics workshops and a summer school every year. Applicants will obtain their degree from the University of Cologne and will be able to attain the CGS certificate alongside the IMPRS certificate.

Candidates will receive either a scholarship or a three-year doctoral position (65% of TVöD E13; salary according to collective bargaining agreement for public servants).

Applicants must address their application to the CGS and follow the instructions of the Call for Applications: PhD Programme in Economics (uni-koeln.de). Furthermore, applicants must indicate their wish to join the IMPRS and Matthias Sutter’s or Axel Ockenfels’ research group by indicating this in their letter of motivation. Upon completion of their application, they are asked to send an e-mail to the CGS office and to Matthias Sutter or Axel Ockenfels, pointing out that their application has been submitted (office-cgs@wiso.uni-koeln.de, sutter@coll.mpg.de or ockenfels@coll.mpg.de).

The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods and the University of Cologne are equal-opportunity employers. Applications from women with the requisite qualifications and interests are particularly welcome. We strive for gender equality and diversity and welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society and the University of Cologne are also seeking to increase the number of employees with severe disabilities. Applications from such candidates will be given special consideration.






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