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PhD Programme (Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration)

Admission & Funding

Required Profile for the PhD position:

  • A master’s degree, preferably in Management Studies or Economics, or a Bachelor's degree (Master’s degree normally expected but alternative experience is considered too).
  • Proofs of Fluency in English,
  • A passion for research,
  • Ability to work independently,
  • An interest in the topics on which research is being undertaken by KEDGE’s Centres of Excellence

In addition to these formal requirements, candidates for the programme are selected on the basis of their CVs, academic references, and interviews with the potential supervisors.

How to apply ?

All applicants are required to follow our online application platform:

Applications will be reviewed in two selection rounds.

Two rounds to apply:

  • deadline for the first round is 28 February 2020
  • deadline for the second round it is 10 May 2020

Please note that all positions may be filled during the first round. We reserve the right to cancel the second one. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, which can be via Skype, with two faculty members of KEDGE.

Please submit the following documents:

  • Statement of purpose (Cover letter)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proposal of a potential thesis topic (the candidate should in particular identify a potential advisor among the professors from the Centres of Excellence and check that the person is available as a supervisor)
  • Grade reports of your MA and BA degrees.
  • A pdf copy of your MA thesis or other research-oriented output (e.g. BA thesis, seminar papers, etc.). This work must be single-authored.
  • At least one reference letter


Additional information can be obtained from:

Prof. Lutz Preuss, Director of the PhD Programme

Prof. Ralf Barkemeyer, Head of the CSR Centre of Excellence

Prof. Frédéric Prévot, Head of the Marketing Centre of Excellence

Prof. Gautier Stauffer, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Supply Chain

Prof. Olivier Gergaud, Head of Food, Wine and Hospitality Center of Excellence

Conditions of employment

  • Our PhD positions are fully funded for a period of up to 4 years.
  • Appointed PhD candidates are employees of KEDGE Business School and will receive a salary of approx. EUR 1900 per month gross, including health care benefits.
  • Following the 3-paper model, a PhD thesis at KEDGE consists of three related academic papers, which are presented at leading conferences and ultimately submitted to high-quality academic journals.
  • The PhD programme offers extensive training in research methods; students are also encouraged to regularly attend research seminars.
  • Our PhD students furthermore are expected to teach on undergraduate and masters’ courses, which are normally undertaken in English. Training in pedagogy is also available. Successful candidates are appointed on a full-time basis for a duration of up to four years.
  • The PhD positions are intended to start 1 September 2020.
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