Young economists’ session

Every year the European Central Bank 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, these students will display the main findings of their research in the form of a poster and answer questions from participants. A committee made up 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's President in a ceremony at the end of the Forum and its author will be awarded a prize of €10,000.

Who can participate?

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

What is the theme of the 2018 competition?

The spotlight will be on 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 to apply?

Applications for the 2018 competition are now closed.

Successful candidates will be notified at the beginning of April 2018 and will subsequently receive further information on the Forum. The ECB will cover the selected students’ travel and accommodation expenses.

Selection committee

  • Philipp Hartmann, Deputy Director General Research, European Central Bank (Chairman)
  • Peter McAdam, Principal Economist, European Central Bank (Secretary)
  • Inês Cabral, Counsellor to the Executive Board, European Central Bank
  • John Muellbauer, Professor of Economics at Nuffield College, Oxford
  • Ricardo Reis, Professor of Economics at Columbia University and the London School of Economics