Early-career support

We see the CRC as an opportunity to create a vibrant and stimulating environment for early-career researchers that is conducive to their work and academic career. We encourage early-career researchers to assume responsibility within the projects, to broaden their perspectives, and to obtain international exposure. A number of projects involve junior professors as project leaders. Doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers are an integral part of the CRC's research process. We propose a broad range of measures to support their scientific independence, their visibility in the academic community, and their mobility. 

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Early-career researchers as project leaders

Currently, seven project leaders are untenured early-career researchers. The departments of economics in Bonn and Mannheim have established guidelines that specify the procedures and criteria for the promotion to a tenured position.

Training and supervision of doctoral students

Graduate schools 

Both departments enjoy a first-rate track record of training promising doctoral researchers in their graduate schools and placing them successfully in the international academic job market. CRC doctoral researchers will be trained at

BGSE and GESS programs

Both programs feature:

  • a centralized application process
  • a structured course phase before the dissertation phase
  • extensive mentoring, supervision and quality control
  • specific preparation for the academic job market

Joint courses and supervision

Short intensive courses given by visiting researchers at one location will be open to doctoral students from the other location. We encourage joint supervision of doctoral dissertations with the main supervisor at one node and the co-supervisor at the other.

International connections

CRC doctoral researchers benefit from the two graduate schools’ manifold international connections, including:

Career development


Each postdoctoral researcher in the CRC is matched with a senior mentor from another participating university.

Junior leave program

The junior leave program of the CRC offers our junior professors the possibility of spending six or twelve months at the other node of the CRC and being exempted from teaching during that time.

Research visits within the CRC

We encourage early-career researchers to spend an extended period of time (ranging from two weeks to one year) at the other node of the CRC. The incremental costs are covered. 

Visits abroad 

We encourage early-career researchers to spend some time at a leading university abroad to advance their research and to interact with other researchers. We earmark funds to cover airfares, visa costs and incremental costs of board and lodging.

Participation at international conferences 

We encourage early-career researchers to present their work at international workshops and conferences. A major part of the CRC travel funds is reserved for this purpose. 

Research funding

We provide early-career researchers with funding for data, experiments, and research visits by co-authors.

Gender equality and family-friendly policies

Interactions and networking

Semi-annual retreats

We organize semi-annual retreats at which CRC researchers present their work. Typically, the majority of all presentations is given by early-career researchers.

Young researchers workshops

Young researchers workshops are organized entirely by early-career researchers themselves. Taking place twice a year, they provide the opportunity to present work in an informal environment.


We give early-career researchers financial and logistical support in the organization of small conferences on specific topics that are relevant to the research program of the CRC. 

Summer schools

We organize summer schools with leading international scholars who give a series of lectures and interact with early-career researchers who present their own work. Participation is open to qualified doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from Germany and abroad.

Weekly seminar series

In both Bonn and Mannheim, we organize a weekly seminar series where early-career researchers are exposed to cutting-edge research presented by internationally renowned speakers. We also run internal seminars in which early-career researchers regularly present their work.

Representatives of early-career researchers

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