Doctoral Scholarships for the Graduate College “The Economics of
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany)
The Graduate College / Graduiertenkolleg “The Economics of Innovative
Change” (Die Ökonomik des innovativen Wandels) started on October 1st,
2006 at the Department of Economics of the Friedrich-Schiller-University
Jena in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena.
The program is funded by the German Science Foundation. It offers top
level graduated students the opportunity to achieve a doctoral degree
(PhD) in economics. Meanwhile the research group comprises 38 PhD
students. Continuous enrollment in the program is possible.
The Graduate College offers several scholarships for doctoral students
(duration of 2+1 years) with a background in economics and business
administration. The Research Training Group “The Economics of Innovative
Change“ will address unresolved questions and problems concerning the
economic dynamics of firms, markets, sectors and regions with an
analytical focus on the endogenous driving forces mainly understood as
the activities of invention and innovation. The variety of topics that
is dealt with covers the foundations of individual behavior and the
economic and institutional environment, the generation of innovations
together with the organizational forms of activities of invention and
innovations, the change of the sectoral structures caused by
innovations, the role of the demand side in this context, as well as the
political management of change.
The scholarship positions require a permanent and active participation
in the study and the research program of the research training group.
Therefore all scholarship holders are expected to choose Jena as their
place of residence.
Applications are expected to include
• CV, copy of diploma, BA, MA certificate, copy of diploma or master
thesis, writing sample (about 10 pages), 2 reference letters from
academic teachers, 1 page statement on the expected benefit from
participating in the program;
• the application form: visit our homepage gk.wiwi.uni-jena.de,
download, fill in and return to us; and be mailed to the spokesman of
the Graduate College:
Professor Dr. Uwe Cantner
Department of Economics
e-mail: uwe.cantner @ wiwi.uni-jena.de
Application is possible on a continuous basis. Please do not send any
originals because materials submitted cannot be returned to the applicant.
For more information on the structure, teaching staff and objectives of
the Research Training Group please visit: gk.wiwi.uni-jena.de
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