ECB calls for papers in economics

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Join the ECB Forum on Central Banking in Sintra, Portugal 

Every year the European Central Bank (ECB) invites PhD students to participate in the Poster session of the ECB’s flagship Forum on Central Banking, held in Sintra, Portugal. Selected students are given the unique opportunity to present their research findings to policymakers and top academics from around the world and engage with them during the Forum.

Based on the papers they submit, 10-12 students will be chosen by the ECB’s Directorate General Research to travel to Sintra. During the Forum, the selected students will display the main findings of their research in the form of a poster and answer questions from participants. A committee of senior ECB staff and top academics will then select the winning poster, assisted by anonymous online ratings submitted by Forum participants. The winning poster will be announced by the ECB President in a ceremony at the end of the Forum and its author will be awarded a prize of €10,000.

Who can participate?

Students of all nationalities and who are currently enrolled in a PhD programme in economics or finance are invited to participate. ECB employees and ESCB-affiliated co-authors are prohibited from applying.

What is the theme of the competition in 2018?

The theme of the competition in 2018 is price and wage setting in advanced economies. However, papers on macroeconomic, monetary and macroprudential policy issues, in particular from a European perspective, will also be considered.

How will the students be selected?

The ECB will assess the students’ papers in terms of:

  • innovative thinking and scientific merit
  • European policy relevance

How can students apply?

If you are interested, please send an email to with the following documents attached:

  • your curriculum vitae
  • the paper you intend to present
  • a letter of recommendation from your main tutor

Please send your application by 26 February 2018 at the latest.

Successful candidates will be notified at the beginning of April 2018 and will then receive more information about the Forum. Submissions from female candidates are particularly encouraged. The ECB will cover the selected students’ travel and accommodation expenses.

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