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PhD Positions in Management, full scholarship, 100% English

2024-04-22 (Europe/Paris)
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PhD Positions in Management, full scholarship, 100% English

HEC Paris is one of the world’s leading Business Schools and recognized for its international research faculty. The HEC PhD program is looking for high potential candidates passionate about academic research to join the HEC Paris research ecosystem and work with over 50 international fellow PhD students and more than 100 research faculty. 

Every leading business school or university recruits its professors based on their promise to carry out groundbreaking research and to publish in the leading research journals. The HEC PhD program prepares PhD candidates for this challenge. It offers the training needed to enter the demanding world of academia. 

Positions available in the following research areas

For the 2024 September intake we look for 12 high potential candidates in the following fields:

The Program

The HEC PhD program is a five-year full-time program, taught 100% in English, that prepares students for a career in research and academia. This requires in-depth knowledge of a particular areas of research, solid training in research methods, as well as hands-on experience in collecting and analyzing data, writing and presenting papers, academic networking and publishing research. 

The program is structured in two phases: The first two years focus on the coursework and the first milestones of the dissertation. They are aimed at providing students with a strong base from which they can carry out their research at the highest level. The following three years are dedicated to working on the research paper-based dissertation, join a PhD visiting position, present paper(s) at international academic events, etc. 

To resume, PhD students benefit from: 

  • Intensive course training during the first two years
  • Instruction and interaction 100% in English
  • Full involvement in the departments research activities such as seminars, brownbag presentation, conferences, workshops, etc
  • Close supervision by international, research-driven, renowned faculty members
  • Full involvement in the research ethos of HEC Paris
  • A national Research Master Degree (Master in Management Sciences) and PhD diploma (Doctorate in Management) accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

* The PhD in Law and Regulation offers two alternative PhD tracks:

  1. The 3-year doctoral studies track open to students holding a master’s degree in law
  2. The 5-year studies track (two phases) open to students holding at minimum a bachelor degree (either bachelor of law or other bachelor degree with minimum exposure to legal studies).

Scholarship and financing 

Each admitted PhD student, without any criteria of academic background or origin, receives:

  • Cost of living scholarships of 26,000€ guaranteed for up to 5 years with no teaching or research assistantship requirement
  • 100% tuition waiver for up to 5 years
  • Funding for research visits in top business schools (travel and additional cost of living scholarship)
  • Travel funding for research conference presentations
  • Funding for research projects
  • Support for job placement in top research institutions worldwide
  • Research and teaching assistantship opportunities.

Who we look for - Qualifications

Built on a strategy of excellence, the HEC Paris PhD Program aims to attract outstanding and motivated future PhD students with a clear ambition to become top researchers in international academic institutions. We welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities who:

  • Hold a university degree (Bachelor or Master) or equivalent in any field (sciences, engineering, political science, etc). Note that the PhD in Law and Regulation requires university studies in the field of legal studies
  • Are fluent in English
  • Have an outstanding academic record
  • Are highly motivated to study at one of the world's best research business schools.

How to apply 

Preparing an application for a PhD Program is a long process and may take time, not only to complete the online application, write your personal statement, but also to choose your referees. Preparing the GMAT or GRE test may also take time. A complete research proposal is not required to apply for the program. To give a maximum of chance for applicants to submit an outstanding and complete application, we have decided to hold two admissions sessions, one in January and one in April. There is no difference whether you apply in the first or second round.  

Two Application Rounds:

Round 1Round 2

Opening of the application system: July 1st, 2023

Preferred application deadline:18 December 2023 

Last date application deadline: 03 January 2024 

Opening of the application system: January 9th, 2024
Deadline: 22 April 2024

A complete application should include the following: 

  • Degree certificate(s) or current enrollment certificate
  • All official academic transcripts obtained in a higher education institution (Bachelor and Master if applicable)
  • Personal statement motivating your choice of pursuing a PhD
  • Résumé (CV)
  • Optional Research material that may support your application (dissertation, paper, research work, ...)
  • Management test score report: GMAT or GRE official test score report
  • English language proficiency test score report: TOEFL or IELTS (exemption for English natives and applicants who studied their university degree in English)
  • 2 completed online reference forms from professors
  • Proof of ID
  • Non-refundable application fee of €60.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Join an online presentation for each specialization: 

We invite interested candidates to join an online presentation for each specialization. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the position and the department’s Faculty.  See the calendar and sign up here

Visit the PhD application web-pages here, or start directly your application here

Placement – an academic career in management research

HEC Paris accompanies the placement of its PhD graduates. Today, more than 90% pursue an academic career top institutions worldwide such as Columbia University, Bocconi, London School of Economics, London Business School, Princeton, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, ESCP Business School, ESSEC Business School, Cambridge University, University of Michigan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and many more. Learn more about placement here.

In a nutshell: 

Position: PhD Positions in Management, full scholarship, 100% English
Format: 5 years, full-time
Study language: English
Program structure: Phase I: course work (2 years). Phase II: dissertation (3 years)
Scholarship: 26000€ for up to 5 years
Tuition: 100% tuition waiver for up to 5 years
Application deadlines:  January 3rd, 2024, April 22, 2024
Start of intake: Beginning of September 2024
Location of studies: HEC Paris, Jouy-en-Josas, France

About HECWelcome | HEC Paris
About the PhD ProgramThe HEC PhD Program
About HEC Faculty: Faculty and Research
About research at HEC Paris: Knowledge | HEC Paris


PhD Program
Email: doctorat@hec.fr
Tel: +33 (0)1 39 67 94 51 - +33 (0)1 39 67 73 18

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