The opportunity to join the gathering of Laureates in Lindau is provided exclusively to outstanding young economists aged up to 35 (with individual exceptions for e.g. parental leave, military/civil service) – undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers. In order to participate in a meeting, they must pass a multi-step application and selection process.
Applicants who have successfully mastered the application process undoubtedly represent the emerging generation of leading economists and researchers. Apart from taking the one-time chance to participate in a Lindau Meeting, these young economists become part of a special community – a network of excellence. As alumni of the Lindau Meetings, former participants stay connected with each other and become ambassadors of the scientific dialogue fostered by the Lindau Meetings.
Nomination and Application Process
Every three years, highly talented young economists are recruited worldwide among undergraduate students, master and doctoral students and young postdoctoral scientists to participate in the Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences. Participants must be below 35 years of age (with individual exceptions for e.g. parental leave, military/civil service), should have an excellent academic track record and at least one letter of recommendation. They need to speak English fluently, and may not have participated before.
A scientific review panel appointed by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings is responsible for selecting the participants of each meeting. The reviewers closely examine all submitted applications. The applicants’ academic and research achievements, their motivation and dedication, their recommendations as well as extracurricular activities are some of the decisive details.
The application process distinguishes between two options: a nomination by one of our Academic Partners or an Open Application.
Good to know: these two options to apply are based on three initial situations.
Young Economists studying or performing research in a country where the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have one or more Academic Partners must be nominated by one of these partners. They may request from an Academic Partner to be nominated; however, no Academic Partner is obliged to respond to such a request. It is the sole decision of an Academic Partner to choose suitable candidates for nomination amongst the received applications.
Young Economists studying or performing research in a country where the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have one or more Academic Partners and who cannot get nominated because of their nationality (ex-pats) may apply via Open Application. Our application tool will be available to hand in an online application on our homepage during the application process (September to October).
Young Economists studying or performing research in a country where the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have no Academic Partners yet may also apply via Open Application.
The full nomination, application and review process is conducted online.
In August 2025, the 8th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences will take place. The application process will start in autumn 2024.
Young Economists who are interested in applying to participate in the upcoming Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting are recommended to review all information about possible Academic Partners on our homepage beforehand.
Our staff of the Young Scientist Support & Academic Partner Relations are happy to answer any doubts or questions that might arise.
Every year in September/October, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings’ Academic Partners nominate their candidates for participation. Young Economists, who identify themselves with situation 1 of the application process, may directly contact the respective Academic Partners and request a nomination.
Open Application (situation 2 & 3) is usually possible at the same time, i.e., from September to October. Our application tool will be available to hand in an online application via our website during that time.
Once a Young Economist has been nominated or has submitted an Open Application, he or she has about five weeks to fill in the online application profile. The data provided here is used for the application evaluation.
(Please note, that access to the online application profile is made available to nominees and open applicants only. We kindly ask you to refrain from requesting access prior to your nomination or open application.)
December – February:
The submitted applications get reviewed and evaluated during a multiple step, academic evaluation process. The final results will only be published after this process has been finalized.
From the end of February to the beginning of March of the following year, the results of the application process for Young Economists are published. All applicants are informed individually whether they have passed the selection process and thus will be invited to attend the upcoming Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
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