European Central Bank (ECB) - Wim Duisenberg Research Fellowship Programme

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The Wim Duisenberg Research Fellowship Programme, which is organised by the Directorate General Research (DG/R), welcomes applications from leading economists in academia, central banks and top research institutions.

The programme aims to:

promote policy-relevant research of the highest academic standards; give research staff exposure to and experience in the most recent advances in economic research; and provide eminent scholars with an insight into the ECB’s policy-making environment.

Research fellows produce papers of a theoretical or empirical nature for presentation at internal and external conferences and for publication in the ECB Working Paper Series and, possibly, a refereed journal. The research project must focus on issues of relevance to in the work of DG/R.

Participants in the programme exchange opinions, insights and experience with ECB staff members, both in DG/R and in other business areas.


Research fellows, coming from all nationalities, conduct their activities on the ECB's premises, in Frankfurt am Main. Therefore, they should be able to take a period of leave or a sabbatical from their current workplace.


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Trainees shall be paid a monthly traineeship grant payable on the 15th calendar day of each month, as further specified on the ECB’s website taking into account the tasks to be performed by the trainee and the qualification required for their performance as specified in the vacancy notice.

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