University of Mannheim: Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, Germany PhD in Finance

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University of Mannheim, Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, Germany
PhD in Finance

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📌 Overview:

  • APPLY NOW: Fully-funded PhD in 8 doctoral programs in business and economics
  • Early Application Deadline: 15 January 2024
  • Application Deadline: 31. March 2024
  • Program Start: September 2024
  • Where? Mannheim, Germany

The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim offers excellent opportunities for the most qualified students in business and economics with strong quantitative skills and enthusiasm for research to pursue a full-time PhD Program at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) or Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE) starting in September 2024.

The internationally competitive doctoral programs enrols up to 40 students each year with 40% international students in the student body.

Benefit from an internationally recognized interdisciplinary teaching and training concept across the boundaries of the economic and social sciences according to your research interests, which will lay the foundation for a successful research career. Conduct research in a stimulating research environment across the program disciplines. Our courses are taught by distinguished/outstanding and dedicated faculty members. Our excellent libraries will support you with your research.

Doctoral Degree in Finance

Our program in Finance covers research fields such as Asset Pricing and Asset Management, Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance, Behavioral Finance, Market Microstructure, and Climate Finance. It provides students with core competencies in analytical and empirical research methods. In addition, students are equipped with a thorough knowledge of modern tools from areas such as machine learning and NLP, which have recently become more important in our field, while offering links to other academic disciplines. Our faculty members regularly publish in the leading international journals. We offer access to a large array of databases that are vital for your empirical research. We encourage and support research visits abroad and our students receive intensive preparation for the academic job market.  We have an established record of successfully placing our graduates at top schools around the world.

Discover GESS

  • All PhD programs in English.
  • Modern doctoral program with a structured course program and skills courses in teaching, academic writing, and presenting.
  • Guaranteed funding for the duration of the program.
  • Stimulating research environment.
  • Work with the outstanding faculty of our triple accredited Business School (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) that persistently publishes in the top academic journals.
  • Gain new insights from research stays with partner universities worldwide.
  • Enjoy access to major databases and excellent libraries.
  • Modern offices and equipment.
  • Boost your career options with a professional job market training.
  • No tuition fees – government funded first-class education.

The research findings of our students and graduates are regularly published in leading journals of the fields. Our graduates pursue careers both in academia and the private sector, taking up professorships, assistant professorships, and postdoctoral positions at internationally renowned academic institutions and research positions at public institutions (government, central banks, international organizations). Excellent past placements include Boston College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University Bloomington, Illinois State University, Princeton University, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago,  UT Austin, Yale University, University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Oxford, Bocconi University, Aalto University, Aarhus University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Tilburg University, Toulouse School of Economics, International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank, OECD, European Commission.


Application Deadline: 31 March 2024.

For early offers we provide an early application deadline: 15 January 2024. Candidates that are not accepted in the early round will be reconsidered with all other applications after the final deadline of 31 March.

For more information on our programs and application requirements, please visit the website or contact the doctoral office at

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