HEC Paris

PhD Positions in Management, Finance and Economics - 5 years, full-time, fully funded

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

Positions available in the following research areas

For the 2022 September intake we look for 12 high potential future researchers in management, finance and economics ready to join the HEC Paris research ecosystem and work with 50 international fellow students and more than 100 research faculty. They choose between 7 research areas:

Accounting and Management Control     -    Economics and Decision Sciences    -    Finance    -    Marketing    -    Information Systems and Operations Management    -    Management and Human Resources    -    Strategy and Business Policy.

Join an online presentation in November and December to learn more about each department. See the schedule here.

The Program

The HEC PhD program is a full-time program 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 Research Master in Management Science that will provide you with a strong basis to conduct research at the highest level and the Doctoral phase where you will work on your research paper-based dissertation. 

Each PhD student benefits 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 en Science du Management) and PhD diploma («Doctorat ès-sciences de gestion») accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education.


Each PhD student has access to several financial supports:

  • Cost of living scholarships of 23,000€ guaranteed for up to 5 years (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.


Build on a strategy of excellence, the HEC Paris PhD Program, known for its small size, 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)

  • 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

Two Application Rounds:

Round 1

Round 2

December 16, 2021 (preferred) 

January 5, 2022 (latest deadline)

Opening of the application system:
January 6, 2022
Deadline: April 20, 2022

A complete application should include the following:

  • Degree certificate(s) or current enrollment certificate

  • All official academic transcripts obtained in a higher education institution 

  • Personal statement motivating your choice of pursuing a PhD in Management

  • Résumé (CV)

  • Optional Research material that may support your application (dissertation, paper, research work, ...)

  • GMAT or GRE official test score report 

  • TOEFL or IELTS test score report

  • 2 online references from professors

  • Non-refundable application fee of €60.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.


HEC Paris accompanies the placement of its PhD graduates. Today, more than 280 Alumni hold academic positions in top institutions worldwide such as Bocconi, London School of Economics, London Business School, Princeton, MIT, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, ESSEC Business School, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and many more. Over the last 5 years, 90% of the graduates pursue an academic career. Learn more about placement here.


The PhD Office, Admissions: doctorat@hec.fr

Web-site: https://www.hec.edu/en/doctoral-program

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PhD Positions in Management, Finance and Economics - 5 years, full-time, fully funded
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