Erasmus Mundus PhD in Law and Economics

Deadline: 10 January 2011
Open to: applicants with a diploma or a master degree in law or economics, or a comparable university degree
Scholarship: Euro 1,600 per month plus fixed contribution to the travel, installation

European Doctorate in Law and Economics (EDLE) offers the unique opportunity to study Law and Economics on a phd-level in (at least) three different countries. The programme prepares economists and lawyers of high promise for an academic career in a research field of growing importance or for responsible positions in government, research organizations and international consulting groups.

Three of the leading European universities in the area of Law and Economics, the Universities of Bologna, Hamburg and Rotterdam, have established a joint Doctoral programme especially tailored to provide doctoral students with systematic and methodical training in the economic analysis of law.

The EDLE presents an attractive option for both economists and lawyers. There can be little doubt that legal thinking can benefit strongly from economic reasoning. At the same time, a deep understanding of economic issues cannot occur in ignorance of the legal and institutional background in which the problem at hand is embedded. The study of Law and Economics assists scholars from both backgrounds in integrating these perspectives.

Who Can Apply?

Admission to the programme is open to applicants with a diploma or a master degree in law or economics, or a comparable university degree (second cycle qualification) required by the partner universities for admission to doctoral studies.


Mundus scholarships provide a gross contribution of Euro 33,600 per year, for 3 years. This roughly amounts to a net income of Euro 1,600 per month.

On top of the monthly salary, Mundus scholars benefit from a fixed contribution to the travel, installation and any other types of costs for a maximum of Euro 7,500 (Cat. A) or Euro 3,000 (Cat B.).


Applications are submitted online and must include the following documents:

1. CV with information on academic, professional and other education (Europass model),
2. official transcripts of previous degrees (in English),
3. two reference letters,
4. a letter of motivation with a prospective research proposal and,
5. a certificate of English proficiency (FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC, British Chamber of Commerce, Trinity College, TOEFL, IELTS) in case the applicant’s native language is not English. Applicants who have attended, for a period of at least 6 months, to university courses held in English do not need to submit the certificate,
6. academic work, if available (at most two papers),
7. copy of valid ID.

More info about application process here.

The deadline for applications is: 10 January 2011 (CET) for all applicants.
Applications can only be submitted online.


For more information, please contact:

Ms. Shuela Subrizi or Ms. Lisa Verniti
University of Bologna
School of Economics
Piazza Scaravilli 2
40126 Bologna (Italy)

Monday through Friday:
School of Economics, 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Tel.: +39-051-208-8550
E-Mail: dse.edle[AT]

The official website.

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