PhD positions in Finance

Leuven (Belgium)
Student / Recent Graduate
KU Leuven – startersjobs & PhD

The Job

The Department of Accounting, Finance & Insurance is looking for highly motivated candidates, interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Economics at KU Leuven. The individualized doctoral program allows the doctoral student to devote four years to full-time research. The program ultimately leads to a doctoral degree and prepares the student for an academic career at a top university or a career as a researcher in a policy institution. Detailed information about the program, including admission requirements, can be found at To enter the doctoral program immediately, students must have successfully completed a master's degree in (applied) economics, econometrics, finance or business engineering by September 2023. Successful candidates should have excellent qualifications at bachelor and master level. The candidate should have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues. Successful PhD applicants will be offered a fully funded position in the doctoral program. We will contact a selection of candidates in March.The academic year begins on September 25, 2023, but there is some flexibility to start earlier if desired. The position is for up to 4 years, with an annual review of research progress and performance. As a PhD student, you will receive a stipend of at least €2,420 per month (net of taxes) with full health insurance. During these four years, you will conduct independent research under the supervision of one or more faculty members. The topic(s) will be determined in collaboration with your supervisors. The Department of Accounting, Finance & Insurance offers a dynamic, stimulating and pleasant working environment. The student will be part of the Research Group Finance, which enjoys a strong international reputation and is part of a wide network consisting of other universities, companies and institutions. The student will be able to further develop skills through Ph.D. courses, seminars and international conferences. Your application package should include the following documents:• Curriculum vitae• Research statement• Transcript of all university grades• List your preferred research fields at• (recommended) GRE or GMAT test score and/or evidence of English proficiency such as TOEFL or IELTS test scores• We will request 2 recommendation letters after the first selection. For more information please contact Prof. dr. Hans Degryse, mail:, Prof. dr. Tarik Roukny, mail: or Prof. dr. Naciye Sekerci, mail: n You can apply for this job no later than 26/02/2023 via the online application tool

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