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IPPAE Program

Welcome to IPPAE!

The International PhD Program for Agricultural Economics, Bioeconomy and Sustainable Food Systems at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen lays its thematic focus on empirical, problem-solving research at the crossroads between agricultural economics, agricultural sociology, farm economics and sustainable resource use.


The application period for the 2025 intake is now open! The application deadline is 31st of August 2024.

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The IPPAE Program

The International PhD Program for Agricultural Economics, Bioeconomy and Sustainable Food Systems was first accredited in 1992 by the funder, the German Academic Exchange Office (DAAD). To date, more than 130 candidates have received their PhD through the 42-month program in Giessen.

Program Overview

Who can apply?

  • Outstanding scholars from developing countries and emerging economies (DAC)
  • At least 2 years of work experience (counts after your Bachelor)
  • excellent written and spoken English
  • MSc degree obtained not more than 6 years prior to application
  • MSc degree in agricultural economics or related subjects

How to Apply

Learn more about application requirements, application documents and deadlines here.



Candidates can register to courses to enhance their skills. These are offered by the Giessen University, the IPPAE program and national doctoral programs.

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Supervision and Support

Candidates receive support from a supervisor as well as from the IPPAE working group. They also have a great number of opportunities to enhance their scientific and professional skills.

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Members and Networks

Through their affiliation to the IPPAE, to the DAAD and to the Agricultural faculty of the University, candidates will have the opportunity to network within a large peer and research community.

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Epistemology and Decolonization

Research activities and knowledge are situated. They are shaped by the various cultural context people are socialized in and in which their working tools are designed. How can we best use the existing diversity of knowledges? How can we profit from a diversity of worldviews when exerting science in an international PhD program?

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Publishing is an essential part of the program. The IPPAE financially supports PhD candidates for the publication of their PhD thesis and the attendance to conferences.

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The primary contact partners and the staff for the IPPAE program, as well as our postal and physical adress are listed here.

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