Funded PhD position in macroeconomics / international economic development

The University of Lucerne is the youngest university in Switzerland. Founded in 2000, it has four faculties and around 3,000 students. The Faculty of Economics and Management opened its doors to students in the autumn semester of 2016. Personal supervision of students, interactive forms of teaching, close links between academia and practice, and a young, motivated team all give this new faculty a unique profile.

The Chair of International Economics (Prof. Manuel Oechslin) at the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Lucerne invites applications for a

Funded PhD position in macroeconomics / international economic development,

starting October 1, 2019 (negotiable)

The successful applicant will complete a tailored graduate course program and write a doctoral thesis. The position comes with comparatively light teaching (assistance) obligations. The terms of employment are subject to university regulations.

Applicants should hold (or soon earn) an excellent master’s degree in economics and have a specific interest in one of the above-mentioned subject areas. An affinity for economic modeling would be highly welcomed.

For further information, please contact Prof. Manuel Oechslin ().

Please submit the usual documents (cover letter, CV, transcript of grades) via our job portal on In addition, please ask two academic referees to send their reference letters by email to . Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Apply via our job portal:

PhD in Economics – Melbourne, Australia

Application for PhD in Economics at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

The Department of Economics at Deakin University, Australia <> is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2020 PhD programme in Economics (starting March 2020), where a number of scholarships will be available to cover fees and living expenses. Key areas of research expertise of the Economics Department include Development Economics, Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory, Applied Economics and International Trade. It is ranked among the top nine in Australia and third in Victoria according to the Australian government rankings (ERA 2018). It is one of the top departments in the Deakin Business School, which recently received the prestigious AACSB accreditation. Deakin University is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide across the three major international university rankings (ARWU, Times Higher Ed, QS), and is one of the top 50 universities under 50 (QS). Deakin has a 5-star QS rating, highlighting the quality of our research and teaching.

The Department is seeking applicants of the highest academic standards to participate in our PhD programme and will provide them with the training (through rigorous course work during the first year of studies), experience and mentorship necessary for their professional development. Students specializing in development economics also have the option to visit Yale University for a period of 9 to 12 months, where they will be part of Professor Mushfiq Mobarak’s working group of PhD students (please contact us for further details).

A completed honours or master’s degree in economics, mathematics, statistics, or cognate fields with an excellent academic record and experience in research is required. Refer to our website for full eligibility requirements:

Further enquiries should be sent to the PhD Director in Economics, Dr. Aaron Nicholas at

Applications must be made online by 15th September, 2019 though we advise applying by 8th September for pre-evaluation.

Funding Opportunity: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships


Researcher unit costs which covers 100% of eligible costs, for up to 24 months
Living allowance: €4,880
Mobility allowance: €600
Family Allowance: €500
Research, training and networking costs: €800
Management and indirect costs: €650

Eligibility: At the time of the proposal submission, eligible candidates hold a doctoral degree (PhD) or have carried out at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.


The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to researchers of any nationality to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and beyond. The scheme particularly supports the return and (re)integration of European researchers from outside Europe and those who have previously worked here, as well as researchers displaced by conflict outside the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential.

Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships.

European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the European Fellowship is held.

Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the Global Fellowship secondment takes place, not for the country of the return phase.

Deadline11 September 2019 , 17.00 Brussels time

Funding Opportunity: Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

Small Grants programme

Value: N/A (only Directly incurred costs and Directly Allocated costs for support and administrative staff)


  • Delivery must take place in English schools/settings
  • Project must be in state schools/colleges (a couple of exceptions: PVIs allowed for early years, training providers for post-16)
  • Approach must be focused on 3-16 year olds, or on English/Maths resits for 16-18 year-olds
  • Applicant must recognise the importance of the independent evaluation and be open to altering their project plan (e.g. changing proposed scale)

Applicants must be a legally constituted body (not individuals)

Funds for: Staff costs, travel and subsistence, activities (workshops, events and conferences) directly linked to the project.


The EEF’s grant funding tests the impact of high-potential projects aiming to raise the attainment of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. We do this to find out what’s most likely to work, and to put that into action across the country. We are interested in testing projects’ effectiveness through rigorous independent evaluations, often as randomised controlled trials where appropriate. In all EEF evaluations we also run an implementation and process evaluation, which attempts to explain the mechanism behind any impact. If projects are shown to have an impact, we will support them to scale up to improve outcomes for other disadvantaged children and young people across England.

Current priorities

We are open to ideas on a range of topics. However, we are currently particularly interested in projects that maintain or improve pupil outcomes while reducing teacher workload. This is a priority for schools, teachers and the Department for Education. For example, this could include:

  • approaches to marking and assessment that improve the efficiency of the process without decreasing its impact; or
  • testing models of professional development that effectively influence teacher practice without requiring substantial teacher time

We have funded a large number of trials on primary literacy teaching. We will only consider new proposals in this area by exception, if they would generate significant contributions to the existing evidence base.

Deadline:28th June 2019

GCRF Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology

On behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), ESRC, NERC and Innovate UK are pleased to invite applications for the ‘UKRI-GCRF Sustainable Energy and International Development: Beyond Technology’ call. Funding has been allocated from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research and innovation which addresses the problems faced by developing countries.

This call expects to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7and the development of the most disadvantaged. It will fund cutting-edge inter-disciplinary research projects that focus on at least two of the following priority areas:

  • Energy technology interactions in societies, communities and with end-users.
  • Natural resources, their sustainable usage and interactions with energy systems.
  • Resilient energy systems.
  • Effective governance and political economy of sustainable energy.

We aim to fund proposals varying in scale of up to £1.5 million (100% fEC) per grant for a duration of up to 36 months.

Each grant should reach across the physical sciences, arts and humanities, social and environmental sciences by, for example, drawing on socio-technical and whole systems integration research approaches.

How to apply

Applicants from all disciplines are welcome to apply. All proposals will have to make a clear case for how they comply with ODA guidelines.

A short Expression of Interest should be completed by those intending to submit to this call by 16:00 (UK time) on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

An information webinar for potential applicants will take place on 2 May 2019, from 13:30 to 15:00 (UK time) through WebEx. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.

Full proposals should be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) by 16:00 (UK time) on Wednesday 10 July 2019. Projects should commence between 1 February 2020 and 1 April 2020.

Call documents

Further information

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Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI): Senior Economist – Environmental Economics

Application Deadline: 03 May 2019

Senior Economist – Environmental Economics

REF: IRC240021

SALARY: £36,812 – £40,473 (under review)

DEPARTMENT: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI)

LOCATION: AFBI Headquarters, Newforge Lane, Belfast

This position offers the opportunity to join a well-established and multidisciplinary team and to provide a leadership role in the development of research programmes in environmental economics. This will include the development of modelling approaches and the use of valuation methods associated with environmental changes in rural areas. The post holder will be expected to develop innovative approaches to this area of research.

Further appointments may be made from this competition should AFBI positions become vacant which have similar duties and responsibilities.

For more detailed information and to apply, please go to

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330. Email:

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC240021

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 3rd May 2019.

Applications are particularly welcomed from Roman Catholics and Females as these groups are currently under-represented within AFBI.

AFBI is an Equal Opportunities Employer


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German Development Institute: Economist in International Economics

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutes on development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges.

In the research program “Transformation of economic and social systems” we seek as soon as possible, one

Economist in International Economics (m/f/d)

Salary according to German public service tariff (14 TVÖD, full time)

From € 54.500 to € 75.500 p.a. depending on qualifications

Position Number 2019-B-02

As a member of an interdisciplinary team, the economist should contribute through research and policy advice to international debates on the transformation of the world economy in the context of sustainable development. The research expertise should lie in the areas of international finance, international trade, or international macroeconomics, with a focus on developing countries. We are looking for a researcher with a Ph.D who is able to formulate innovative policy advice on the basis of excellent research. The position is limited until April 30th, 2021.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Very good Master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics;
  • Proven knowledge and research experience in at least one of the following areas: international finance, international trade, international macroeconomics;
  • Proven knowledge in quantitative research methods;
  • Experience in policy advisory work is an asset;
  • Research experience in developing countries and / or emerging markets is an asset;
  • Fluent spoken and written English, proficiency in German and/or another major international language is an asset;
  • Willingness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate (“Tropentauglichkeit”).

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes and scientific debates.

In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference.

For further questions, please contact Dr. Axel Berger ( or Dr. Clara Brandi (

When applying, please note the position number 2019-B-02. Applications, including all necessary documents (motivation letter, CV, relevant certificates), should be submitted exclusively by application platform by April, 23rd, 2019.

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn/Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)228 94927-0  |  |

Grant-Funded Researcher in International Trade Policy

(Level A) $86,587 – $92,796 per annum plus an employer contribution of 9.5% will apply.

Fixed Term contract for 12 months available immediately.

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Researcher in international trade policy to conduct applied and policy research and teaching.

The Institute for International Trade (IIT) is a leading institution with a global focus and a reputation for providing academically rigorous and practical trade training, policy advice and technical assistance relating to international trade policy and practice. We bring together leading academics, experienced trade practitioners and negotiators to address key challenges faced by businesses and governments seeking to expand trade and investment opportunities globally.

Applicants should have demonstrated understanding of regional and global developments in trade and investments, with particular reference to a combination of the Indo-Pacific region, Australia, and the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as the underlying economic drivers of trade integration. You must have the enthusiasm and drive to conduct high quality research and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and co-operatively across multiple projects. In addition, you should have excellent communication skills (academic writing in particular), and will be required to supervise and mentor junior researchers.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD (or evidence of submission of PhD thesis for examination) in international trade, economics, development studies with trade specialization, international political economy, or a closely related field;
  • Demonstrated research output (publications, conference papers, reports or technical contributions) on current international trade policy issues, providing evidence of research and writing ability;
  • Experience developing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research and analysing related data; summarising and preparing technical reports and academic journal articles;
  • Ability to work both individually and collaboratively with senior staff to write grant proposals, generate external funding to support the Institute’s research program and develop strong national as well as international collaborations.
  • Ability to occasionally contribute to teaching into the Institute’s Masters of International Trade and Development programme.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs – including significant industry, government and community collaborations – offers you vase scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. And our work’s cutting-edge nature – not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour – provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. And our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

Learn more at: 

Your faculty’s broader role

The Faculty of the Professions delivers excellence in teaching, learning and research driven by real-world, commercial needs in the areas of: law; business; economics and international trade; commercialisation and innovation; architecture, planning and landscape architecture; and global food and resources. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and has strong connections with business and industry, including internationally.

Learn more at: 

If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria. Application close 11.55pm, 12 April 2019.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position; contact:
Lisa Hunt
Business Manager
Ph    : +61 8 8313 6944

Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences: Pre-Announcement of the Sixth Joint Call

The partners for the Open Research Area (ORA) are pleased to announce their sixth joint call for proposals due to open Spring 2019. This notice is being issued now to allow interested researchers to begin discussions with potential research partners in advance of the formal call for proposals.

Scope of the Call:

Four funding organisations will participate in the sixth ORA call. Three European funding organisations will participate: Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), France; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany; and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom. In addition, we are excited to announce that the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) will also be joining this round.

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, Netherlands) will not be participating in this sixth ORA Call.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS, the core national funding organisation) will again collaborate with ORA as an associate partner. Applicants to the ORA call may seek partnerships with Japanese researchers. JSPS will open a specific call for Japanese researchers.

Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences. In this round, proposals are required to involve researchers from any combination of three or more participating countries. The proposed research should be integrated across the participating countries, and expected to make an original and significant contribution to scientific knowledge.

Application process:

Proposals for this call will be submitted through the ESRC’s Joint Electronic Submissions system (Je-S). Detailed guidance about how to apply will be provided with the publication of the call for proposals documents.

The upcoming call will follow a two-stage procedure consisting of an outline proposal and a full proposal. Applicants who are successful at outline will automatically progress to full stage. Unlike the previous round, applicants will be invited to submit outline and full proposals at the same time, rather than waiting for the results of the outline stage.

We intend to announce the full call for proposals in April 2019 on the websites of the participating funding organisations. The closing date for proposals is expected to be the end of July 2019. The full call specification and associated documentation, including commissioning timetable, will be provided when the call is officially launched. We will not be able to provide additional information about the full call in advance of its publication.

For this sixth ORA call, the ESRC will be the coordinating agency.

Further information

For more generic information, and to be alerted when the call is announced, please contact:

For further information about NWO:

Further details on the previous ORA round can be found on the DFG website:

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Canada, SSHRC:

  • Paula Popovici,
    phone +1 613 992-0498,

France, ANR:

  • Lionel Obadia,
    phone +33 1 78 09 80 80,

Germany, DFG:

  • Christiane Joerk,
    phone +49 228 885-2451,
  • Sigrid Claßen,
    phone +49 228 885-2209,

United Kingdom, ESRC:

  • Marzena Bien,
    phone +44 1793 413 150,


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UKRI GCRF Collective Programme: Multi-hazards & Systemic Risks – Announcement of Opportunity

Closing date for outline bid proposals: 16:00 BST on 15 May 2019

Closing date for invited full bid: early September 2019

NERC, on behalf of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), invite outline bid proposals for international, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects under the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Multi-hazards & Systemic Risks research call. This call forms part of the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme.

GCRF is a £1·5 billion funding stream to support research which addresses problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, and funding under this call will be awarded in a manner consistent with ODA guidelines– external link.

Low and middle income countries are especially vulnerable to multiple and cascading hazards, and associated systemic risk where cumulative costs may be thousands of deaths each year, extensive disruption and high economic losses. The aim of this programme is to provide a better understanding of the drivers of multi-hazard events, and how the impacts of these events cascade through socio-economic systems and to use this knowledge to determine which interventions and policies are effective at mitigating the risks, particularly for vulnerable groups. The focus is on multiple natural hazards and the interrelated environmental, social, economic, cultural and health risks, and effects that can be triggered by these events, or can amplify or compound their impacts.

This call will aim to support a small number of large, international collaborative research projects with a value of up to £3·5 million (cost to UKRI); UK institutions are eligible for 80% full economic cost and overseas organisations are eligible for 100% direct project costs. It is anticipated that two projects will be funded and that projects will start in April 2020 and have a maximum duration of three years.

All projects are required to have a principal investigator based in a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding. Projects with co-investigators and researchers based in low and middle income countries are strongly encouraged, but will receive funding via a UK research organisation.

The submission of an outline bid proposal is a requirement of the call, and only those successful at the outline bid stage will be invited to submit a full proposal.

A live online webinar will be held in early April for potential applicants to learn about the call details and have the opportunity to pose questions to the UKRI staff who are leading the call. The webinar will be held twice to allow for potential applicants in different international time zones to dial-in, the dates / times are as follows:

  • webinar 1 – 09:00-11:00 BST/GMT+1 on 5 April 2019
  • webinar 2 – 14:00-16:00 BST/GMT+1 on 8 April 2019.

The webinars will begin with a presentation, followed by a question and answers session. If you are interested in attending one of the webinars please hold the preferred time slot. Details about how to register / dial-in will be provided on 1 April 2019.

UKRI is also holding regional GCRF engagement events– external link across the UK in early 2019 as a way for potential applicants to engage further with calls launched under the Collective Programme, and with GCRF in general.

The Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) is administering another resilience-themed UKRI GCRF Collective Programme call for research and innovation projects entitled ‘Equitable resilience: ensuring resilience enhances the Sustainable Development Goals– external link‘. The multidisciplinary call is being administered on behalf of UKRI, with projects expected to start in November 2019.

How to apply

Further information on the Multi-hazards & Systemic Risks call and how to submit an application can be found in the Announcement of Opportunity document below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 176KB)

Outline bid proposals must be submitted via the UK Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system before 16:00 BST on 15 May 2019.


Sarah Blackburn
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