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Summer research graduate programme

This programme is aimed at highly promising PhD students who have completed their coursework and are in the dissertation stage of their studies in economics, finance, statistics, mathematics or another related field.

About the programme

Research graduates will have the opportunity to visit the ECB's Directorate General Research for three months during the summer, carry out research and learn about the day-to-day work of the Directorate General.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply in order to enhance the diversity of the workforce at the ECB.

Applications for the Summer Graduate Research Programme open at the end of each calendar year, with the closing date around mid-January of the following year. For more information on the programme, please contact


In particular, the participants in this programme are expected to contribute to the work of the Directorate General as follows:

  • carry out research on a topic of relevance for the ECB (as outlined in the research proposal submitted when applying for the programme), under the supervision of a senior economist in the Directorate General;
  • present the results of this research in a seminar at the end of the visit;
  • interact with economists in the Directorate General and from across the ECB;
  • become familiar with the working environment in the Directorate General and, more generally, with the ECB and its policy challenges.

Past summer research graduates


Name Affiliation
Annika Bacher European University Institute
Lidia Smitkova University of Cambridge


Name Affiliation
Riccardo Bianchi Vimercati Northwestern University
Maarten de Ridder University of Cambridge
Isabel Hanisch Notre Dame
Andreea Rotarescu Johns Hopkins University


Name Affiliation
Bence Bardoczy Northwestern University
Sylverie Herbert Cornell University
Carolina Lopez-Quiles European University Institute
Christian Wolf Princeton University


Name Affiliation
Flora Budianto Freie Universität Berlin
Adriana Grasso LUISS Guido Carli
Christian Höynck Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Yann Koby Princeton University


Name Affiliation
Cesare Buiatti University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Caterina Forti Grazzini Humboldt University and DIW Berlin
Valentina Raponi Imperial College
Donghai Zhang University of Bonn


Name Affiliation
Stefanie Huber Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Florens Odendahl Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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