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About RGS Econ


The Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ) is a center for research and higher education in Economics. It was founded by three universities in the Ruhr Area (Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen) and by RWI, one of Germany‘s leading economic research institutes. Over a period of three years, graduate students receive guidance that leads to a Ph.D. in economics, complying with the highest international standards.


  • Fast-track your Economics Ph.D. with a 3 year structured program
  • Study with 3 Ruhr universities and one of Germany's leading economic research institutes
  • Small groups allow individual coaching
  • Study entirely in English
  • No tuition fees
  • 3-year scholarships of 1.300Euro per month
  • Office space (desk and computer equipment) for each student

Application and Admission 2016

The 2015 intake of the RGS Econ is closed. The application portal will reopen in Spring 2016.

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9th RGS Doctoral Conference

The 9th RGS Doctoral Conference will take place from February, 23-25 2016 at Ruhr University of Bochum.

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Ruhr Economic Papers

The "Ruhr Economic Papers" are a joint publication of the Economic Departments of Ruhr University of Bochum, TU Dortmund, University of Duisburg-Essen and RWI.

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The RGS Econ is currently sponsored by:

Stiftung Mercator
Sparkasse Essen