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Program structure

PhD candidates will enrol as PhD students in Economics at the FU Berlin. Exceptionally, and when supervised by a professor from the department of Political Science, students will do their PhD in this department. EQUALFIN, as a member of the FU Dahlem Research School aims at promoting good conditions for doctoral research, including supervision contracts with a set of mutually binding rules.

To ensure a smooth and successful PhD journey and completion during the funding period, only a select number of courses are set to be mandatory. The focus is on the research colloquium, where students will present their ongoing work every semester, and on a series of workshops tailored to the research projects and specific demands of the PhD students. Optional supplementary courses can be chosen to enrich your academic knowledge

Introductory phase:

  • Onboarding workshop (mandatory)
  • Lecture series with all senior academic members of EQUALFIN involved (mandatory) 
  • One cooperatively offered course on finance and development, or a course of your PhD supervisor


  • Research colloquium to present your ongoing research once per semester
  • Thematic mini-workshops tailored to the research projects and related demands of the PhD students (2-3 day courses)


  • The FU Dahlem Research School offers a broad qualification program for scientific work such as writing and presenting, acquiring research funding and career planning