DG-R Summer Research Graduate Programme 2021

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General Information

Type of contract PhD traineeship

Who can apply? EU nationals eligible for our traineeship programme

Grant The trainee grant is €2,120 per month plus an accommodation allowance (see further information section)

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 15.01.2021

Your team

You will participate in the summer 2021 Research Graduate Programme within the Directorate General Research. The programme is aimed at highly promising PhD students who have completed their coursework and are in the dissertation stage of their studies in economics, finance, statistics, mathematics or a related discipline. The successful candidates will work in one of the Directorate General’s two divisions – the Monetary Policy Research Division or the Financial Research Division – depending on their area of expertise.

You will spend three months of the summer period conducting research on the project you outlined when applying for the programme. You will be expected to present the results of your research in a seminar at the end of the programme.

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply, irrespective of your gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or other characteristics.

Your role

As a summer Research Graduate you will:
  • carry out research on a topic of relevance for the ECB (as outlined in the research proposal you submitted when applying for the programme) under the supervision of a senior economist in the Directorate General;
  • present the results of this research in a seminar at the end of the programme;
  • engage and collaborate with economists from across the ECB;
  • become familiar with the working environment in the Directorate General and with the ECB and its policy challenges more generally.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to conduct research in a central banking environment and to discuss and advance your research project with feedback from ECB economists and visiting academics. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. 

Qualifications, experience and skills

  • two years of PhD studies (or equivalent) in the field of economics, finance, statistics, mathematics or a related field, with completed coursework;
  • a good knowledge of MS Office;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

You are curious and eager to learn. You want to further develop your ability to analyse complex information. You are keen to collaborate with others on research projects, pursue team goals and learn from other people’s diverse perspectives. You strive to know and anticipate stakeholder needs, and will signal any need for change and propose alternative solutions.

Further information

This is a PhD traineeship that will run for three months during the summer of 2021.

Your application should include: (i) your CV; (ii) a proposal for policy-relevant research to be undertaken during the programme (two to four pages); and (iii) a complete list of the PhD courses you have attended, including the grades you have received (the list should be issued by the relevant academic institution). Your documents should be uploaded as a single Word document or PDF file in the “further information” section of your application before the closing date for applications. 

You can find more information about the programme and the list of past participants and research at the ECB on our website.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will include a telephone or WebEx interview.