PhD Positions in Economics
KU Leuven

PhD Positions in Economics

Belgium 30 Apr 2021


KU Leuven

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30 Apr 2021
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(ref. BAP-2021-154)

The Department of Economics KU Leuven is recruiting motivated students to start in its doctoral program leading to a PhD in Economics. You will join a dynamic and internationally oriented research environment currently counting 23 permanent faculty members organized in four highly active research groups: • Macroeconomics & Public Policy • International & Development Economics • Public & Labor Economics • Industrial Organization The Department of Economics is located at the Leuven campus of the Faculty of Economics and Business. Leuven is a historical town, but also a dynamic and vibrant city in the center of Belgium. It lies within a twenty-minute drive from Brussels, the capital of Belgium and of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam. For more information on the department, its researchers, output and activities please consult our website.

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Our internationally renowned doctoral program in economics is an individualized PhD training that usually consists of four years of full-time study. It eventually leads to a PhD degree and prepares the student for an academic career or a career as a researcher in a policy institution.

Check for detailed information on the program, including admission and graduation requirements.

This vacancy targets students that successfully completed a research master in economics or in a closely related field (e.g. finance, econometrics,…) by September 2021. The selected candidates will immediately start in the doctoral program.

If you still need to complete a research master, we invite you to apply for the Master of Advanced Studies in Economics (MASE) at KU Leuven, and to apply for a PhD position in our department subsequently. We offer a few MASE fellowships to the most promising applications, and you can contact faculty members in your field of interest to discuss your application. At you find more information about the MASE program and application instructions.

The successful applicants will be offered a fully-funded place in the doctoral program. The academic year starts on September 27, 2021, but there is some flexibility to start earlier if that is preferable.

The position is for up to 4 years, with an annual review of research progress and performance. As doctoral student, you will receive a stipend of at least €2,050 per month (net of taxes) with full health insurance.

Over these four years, you will conduct independent research under the supervision of one or more faculty members of your research group. The topic(s) will be determined in collaboration with your supervisors.

Your application package should contain the following documents:
• Curriculum vitae
• Research statement (make sure to indicate your preferred research group)
• Transcript of all university grades
• (recommended) GRE or GMAT test score and/or proof of English proficiency such as TOEFL of IELTS test scores
• (optional) Writing sample, e.g. MA thesis
• (optional) Reference letters can be addressed to by your referees

If you have questions regarding the application or about the PhD position itself, please contact Andras Avonts ( We will be in touch with candidates of interest by the end of May.

You can apply for this job no later than April 30, 2021 via the online application tool

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at

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