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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

Current Job Market Candidates

Some of our excellent doctoral students are currently finishing their dissertations and on the job market.

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10th RGS Doctoral Conference

The 10th RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics "Rising to Europe's Challenges: The Economic Perspective" takes place on March 1 -2 2017 in Dortmund.

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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