Call for applications


The Hans Boeckler Foundation (HBS)
is pleased to announce the

Hans Boeckler Doctoral Fellowship for 2018-2019


In May a committee will award one fellowship.
The deadline for applications is April 15, 2018.


These residential fellowships will be awarded to graduate students engaged in dissertation projects related to the Foundations research and policy consulting program and to the on-going work of its researchers. During their tenure fellows are expected to be in residence in Duesseldorf and to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Foundation.

The Hans-Boeckler-Foundation of the German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB) promotes codetermination as a principle for designing a democratic society. The HBS provides consulting services and training for elected representatives of works councils, staff councils and supervisory board representatives but also provides funding for some 2,400 university students. An important aspect of the Foundation’s work is related to academic research in various fields of study. Besides providing funding for external research, the HBS also maintains two own research institutes, the Institute for Economic and Social Research (WSI) and the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK). Research projects cover a broad range of issues and fields of study. Among other aspects, research topics include welfare state development, co-determination, macroeconomics and European economic coordination, fiscal policy, monetary policy, forecasting, working time policy, collective bargaining, work organization, labor market regulation, gender studies, and the distribution of wealth and income. For summaries of the research profiles of both institutes see


Working languages at the HBS are German and English.


Doctoral Candidates are eligible to apply if they have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. but the dissertation. The fellowship is only available for students enrolled in a Ph.D. program outside of Germany.

Fellows may spend between three and twelve months in residence at the HBS for field research or theoretical work. Grants will normally begin by July 2018; however, individual arrangements are possible. The fellowship provides a stipend of 1450 Euro per month. In addition, the HBS will pay one economy class round trip from your location to Duesseldorf. Within limits of its possibilities the Foundation will also contribute to the costs for travel for field research within Germany.

Applicants should send a cover letter with name, address, e-mail and telephone number, their current CV, a research proposal not exceeding ten double spaced pages, and two letters of recommendation from academic advisors. Applicants should indicate how much time they would want to spend at the HBS and when they would like to start their tenure. Applications should be addressed to:

Hans Boeckler Foundation
c/o Dorothee Schmitz
Hans Boeckler Strasse 39
D-40476 Duesseldorf


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