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PhD in Management at HEC Paris: Accounting, Economics/Decision Sciences, Finance, HR, Information Systems/Operations Mgt, Marketing, Strategy/Business Policy

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

The HEC Paris PhD in management is your gateway to a career in research and academia. Working in this area requires in-depth knowledge of a particular field of management 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. By joining our PhD Program, you do not only benefit from academic and financial support, you also join our vibrant community of top faculty researchers who are dedicated to pushing the frontier of knowledge by actively engaging in research, publishing articles in top academic journals with an international audience and participating in national and international academic conferences, students, corporate relations, and alumni.

Every HEC PhD Student benefit from: 

  • A program fully taught in English with intensive course training in research methods
  • Choice of seven specializations 
    - Accounting and Management Control,
    - Economics and Decision Sciences, 
    - Finance,
    - Management and Human Resouces,
    - Marketing,
    - Information Systems and Operations Management,
    - Strategy and  Business Policy
  • Close supervision by research-driven HEC Paris Faculty members
  • Full involvement in HEC Paris research activities (seminars, brown bags, conferences)
  • Access to HEC Paris corporate network for data collection opportunities
  • Research visit opportunities in the world's best business schools with additional financial support
  • Financial support for conference presentations in the leading academic conferences
  • Financial support for job market events
  • Funding by the HEC Foundation for living expenses: 20.000€/year for up to 5 years
  • 100% tuition waiver 
  • A national PhD diploma («Doctorat ès-sciences de gestion») accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education
  • Extra income opportunities with RA/TA on top of other financial support 

Who we look for:

HEC Paris seeks outstanding students with clear ambition to become top researchers. Applicants must hold a Master degree or equivalent in any field and be fully proficient in English.

What you need to submit:

  • Complete online application with Transcripts, personal information, ...
  • Personal statement
  • GMAT or GRE (mandatory for all applicants)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (except for English natives)
  • 2  online academic recommendations

When and how to apply:

The Applications system will open on September 2019 for the 2020 entry.  

Round 1 
Opening of the system: August 22, 2019
Deadline: January 9, 2020

Round 2
Opening of the system: January 9, 2020 
Deadline : April 23, 2020

Start your application here

Meet us:

  • November 15, 1pm (French time): Join a Webinar. Sign up here
  • November 18, 6pm: Meet us in Paris - Information meeting.  Sign up here
  • More to come. Check here


Coming from all continents, our 67 PhD Research Fellows represent a perfect balance of gender (42% women), nationalities (82% international) occupational background, and disciplinary training.

HEC PhD job placements:

Today, our alumni hold academic positions in top institutions worldwide including Bocconi, Cambridge Judge Business School, CEIBS, Columbia University, EGADE, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Harvard Business School, HKUST Business School, IESE Business School, INSEAD, London Business School, London School of Economics, McGill University-Desautels, MIT Sloan School of Business, Oxford University-Saïd, Paris School of Economics, Princeton University, Singapore Management University, The Warton School, Tilburg University, University of Michigan-Ross, University of Auckland. See more here.


HEC Paris:

Founded in 1881, HEC Paris consistently ranks among the top research institutions in business, specialized in education and research in management. As a leading academic institution in Europe and worldwide, HEC Paris offers a complete range of selective programs for students and business leaders.


Funding Notes

Every admitted candidate benefits automatically from the funding program (renewable annually depending on academic performance) without any restriction of area and nationality. The funding program includes a 100% tuition waiver, generous cost of living stipend, additional financial support for conference presentations, research visit, etc. No mandatory TA/RA, but assistantships are available for additional income.

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