Graduate Programme 2024 for EU Nationals in European Central Bank

European Central Bank (ECB) is looking for 15 highly talented recent graduates with a postgraduate degree, eventually a PhD, for the ECB’s Graduate Programme offering full time monthly net salary €4,611 plus benefits.

General Information 

Type of contract: Two-year fixed-term contract starting on 1 September. It may be extended for one additional year upon successful completion of the programme.

Who can apply?  EU nationals

Salary  E/F (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €4,611 plus benefits, for further information see here.

Working time:  Full time

Place of work:  Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date:  21.02.2024

ECB is looking for 15 highly talented recent graduates with a postgraduate degree, eventually a PhD, for the ECB’s Graduate Programme. 

You will have different ages, backgrounds and interests and will find intellectual challenges, varied opportunities and a people-centred working culture that gives you a voice and the chance to make an impact – for Europe.

ECB will give you challenging one-year assignments in two different business areas, matched to your fields of expertise, your interests – which you can indicate during the application process – and our organisational needs. This gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in various ways. 

Together with business area management during the second year of the Graduate Programme, you will choose a topic for the paper, which you will prepare and submit before the end of the second year.  Your successful completion of the programme will be assessed by the Graduate Programme Committee on the basis of performance reviews and your project paper.

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

The Graduate Programme offers you excellent development opportunities, valuable experience and an insight into the ECB’s tasks and working methods. It could be your starting point for an exciting career at the ECB.

ECB will assign you an experienced colleague as a mentor to provide you with support, advice and guidance on participating successfully in the programme. You will also get a tailor-made training programme that includes a number of in-house and external training opportunities.

You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. 

Qualifications, experience and skills


  • a master’s degree or PhD completed between 1 February 2022 and 31 January 2024 (alternatively, if you are due to complete a PhD in 2024, your master’s degree can have been obtained before 1 February 2022). Candidates with a PhD, or who will obtain a PhD in 2024, will have an advantage;
  • qualifications in one of the following fields: economics, business administration, finance, statistics, accounting, law, data science, political science, european studies, international relations, journalism and communications, environmental studies/sciences, psychology, sociology, human resources, languages, information technology, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, physics or facility management;
  • a clear interest in and understanding of European affairs, central banking, banking supervision and matters of relevance to ECB business areas;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages,


  • experience in the following fields: data management, statistical and econometric analysis, big data tools, data visualisation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, media monitoring and analysis, web and social media analytics, data processing, or general application and system programming.

You engage collaboratively with others. You pursue team goals and learn willingly from other people’s diverse perspectives. You signal any need for change by explaining it and proposing alternative solutions. You analyse complex information effectively and can evaluate different views to arrive at solutions. You know and anticipate stakeholder needs.

You can find additional information on the Graduate Programme on our website (

More information here



George Kazoleas, Lawyer

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