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Application for the Graduate Programme

The IAB offers up to 7 doctoral scholarships to outstanding your researchers from the social sciences and economic disciplines (starting 1 October each year). The next Call for Applications will be published in the beginning of December 2020.

Target group and admission requirements

We are expecting excellent academic qualification, special interest in and enthusiasm for issues of the labour market and occupational research, and a strong personality.

Preference will be given to dissertation proposals that benefit from being attached to the IAB, and that will be of particular benefit to the IAB.


Application documents

Application documents shall include: 

  • Application form 
  • Complete, tabular CV 
  • Copies of school-leaving certificates and certificates of vocational training and professional activities, copies of university certificates already attained 
  • A reference letter from a professor with respect to personal and academic qualification of the applicant. The letter of recommendation must be submitted to the programme coordinator directly ( 
  • An outline of the project describing the fundamental, perhaps preliminary ideas of the dissertation proposal. The project outline submitted in English should be between 10,000 and 20,000 characters long, including spaces and the list of cited literature. The following points can provide a basic overview: 
    • Providing reasons for selecting the topic, and determining its place in current labour market Research 
    • Illustrating major problems and issues of the project in the field of labour market Research 
    • Providing a (non-exhaustive) list of relevant literature 
    • Considerations regarding the theoretical approach, the methodology of project implementation, and the data to be used (e.g. IAB data sets) 
    • Documentation of the FDZ data sets can help in deciding on data research and preparing the project outline

Please note that applications without the project outline will not be considered!

Selection process

  1. All applications will be submitted to a selection commission composed equally of representatives of the IAB and the School of Business and Economics of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. 
  2. Outstanding applicants will be invited to a personal interview with members of the selection commission. The interview will involve a short presentation of the planned idea of the project, followed by a discussion. 
  3. Based on the written documents and personal presentation, the selection committee will decide on scholarship offers and inform the applicants.

Schedule 2020/2021

  • Call for applications: December 2020
  • Application deadline: middle of March 2021 
  • Personal interviews: April 2021
  • Commencement of the programme: 1 October 2021


Dr. Sandra Huber

Dr. Sandra Huber (programme coordinator)


Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA)
Regensburger Strasse 104
D-90478 Nuremberg