European Doctorate In Economics Erasmus Mundus (Edeem)

The European Doctorate in Economics - Erasmus Mundus (EDEEM) is a doctoral program that gathers 7 leading European institutions, joined to offer a three-year doctoral program:

Universiteit Van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Universität Bielefeld (Germany),
Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal),
Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France)
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy)

EDEEM is a research-oriented program and aims to produce top-quality researchers, who will gain international experience working within the research units with some of Europe's leading researchers in economics.
Students are trained for positions in academia at the international level as well as for responsible positions in government, research organizations, and business enterprises.
High focus is made on research work, publication and presentation, with dedicated Jamborees and Summer Schools being an integral part of the training.


The EDEEM Program welcomes around 15 students each year. Admission is based on excellence in previous Master Degree studies or equivalent.  This degree does not have to be in economics, although interest in economics is certainly desirable and a strong background in mathematics will be helpful together with fluent written and spoken English. The program is organised in three years.

All PhD students are jointly supervised by two advisers through a co-tutelle agreement between two universities of the consortium. The student must spend at least two semesters in each of the two degree-granting universities. A single defense in one of the two universities is organized.

Study Program 

Mandatory 1st Year (60 ECTS) 2nd Year (60 ECTS) 3rd Year (60 ECTS) 180 ECTS
1st smt 2nd smt 1st smt 2nd smt 1st smt 2nd smt
Course(s) in the local language  2 ECTS 2 ECTS  2 ECTS  2 ECTS  2 ECTS  2 ECTS      90 ECTS        
Research Seminar   2 ECTS  2 ECTS  2 ECTS  2 ECTS  2 ECTS
Doctoral Courses   16 ECTS  Elective 
Summer School   3 ECTS
Dissertation proposal   5 ECTS
Paper presentation in the 1st Univ     3 ECTS
Paper presentation in the 2nd  Univ    3 ECTS 
Participation in the EDEEM Jamboree  4 ECTS   4 ECTS 
Paper presentation/ Jamboree    5 ECTS 
Pre-defense  5 ECTS 
Final Defense  5 ECTS 
Academic requirements   30 ECTS  30 ECTS   30 ECTS 
Dissertation Research   30 ECTS  30 ECTS   30 ECTS   90 ECTS


Electives ECTS Activities
4 Doctoral Courses
3 Summer School
8 Research internship
8 Research work outside the consortium
4 Paper presentation at research seminar outside the consortium
8 Presentation at an international conference
8 Paper accepted by scientific journal


Application Requirements

Potentially successful candidates should have a recognized masters degree in a subject related to mathematics, applied mathematics, quantitative economics or finance.  Admission is based on the academic excellence of applicants as well as their motivation, prior experience and research undertaken.
Applicants should submit 2 letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes.
All candidates should demonstrate a proficiency in English. 
The application to the program is made uniquely through the online platform. Please carefully read the guidelines to the application procedure. 

Detailed information about the program and access to the online application is available at


The recruitment campaign for academic year 2015-2016 will be open November 1, 2014 / close January 5, 2015.


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European Doctorate in Economics - Erasmus Mundus (EDE-EM)
Bielefeld University
Universitätsstraße 25
33615 Bielefeld