Call for Applications – SKEMA PhD in Business Administration


PhD in Business Administration - SKEMA Business School

Two specializations: Finance & Accounting; Management

Several Ph.D. Scholarships Available

SKEMA Business School welcomes applications to its Ph.D. program. The PhD in Business Administration at SKEMA is a selective, four-year, full-time program with two specializations: (1) Finance and Accounting and (2) Management.

The program is designed to provide doctoral students with a solid education in areas needed to carry out cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research. All the courses and seminars are held in English. Successful graduates will receive a Ph.D. degree from SKEMA Business School and a French state doctoral degree from the Université Côte d'Azur.

Our faculty members are top-notch scholars of the international research community and publish regularly in top-tier academic journals. Our seminar program is very rich and enables students to meet other top researchers from around the world. This lively research environment prepares students for the academic job market by providing them the skills necessary to teach in top business schools and publish in leading academic journals.

The program selects highly qualified applicants with strong research potential. Candidates should hold a master’s degree (or be close to completion). All candidates are supported by a combination of scholarships and appointments as research assistants. The financial support is sufficient to cover living expenses. Tuition fees are waived. SKEMA also provides financial support for conferences and visiting stays at other research institutions.

Since SKEMA is a multi-campus business school, accepted candidates will be located on the campus of their supervisor. This program cannot be done on a part-time basis, that is, students are expected to be on the campus on a regular basis. For more information about program structure, please visit our website:

Our researchers have access to a wide range of databases, including WRDS (CRSP, Compustat, WorldScope, ISS, IBES, etc...), DealScan, SDC Platinum, Datastream, IODS and Bankscope.

Our faculty members have published in top-tier journals such as: Econometrica; Quarterly Journal of Economics; American Economic Review; Journal of Political Economy; Review of Economics and Statistics; The RAND Journal of Economics; American Economic Journal: Applied Economics; European Economic Review; Journal of Economic Theory; American Economic Journal: Economic Policy; Economic Journal; Organization Science; Strategic Management Journal; Journal of Business Venturing; Research Policy; Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice; Journal of International Business Studies; Journal of Business Ethics; MIS Quarterly; Journal of Finance; Journal of Financial Economics; Review of Financial Studies; Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis; Review of Finance; Management Science.

SKEMA Business School is an EQUIS, AACSB and EFMD/EMBA accredited academic institution. SKEMA is one of Europe’s fastest-growing business schools. It currently operates on five continents with campuses in France (Sophia Antipolis, Lille and Paris), China (Suzhou), Brazil (Belo Horizonte), the US (Raleigh – NC State campus), and South Africa (Cape Town).
The school offers a wide range of management and business programs at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels, as well as Executive Education. SKEMA is positioning itself as the leadership school, training the pioneer knowledge economy decision-makers throughout the world.

The application forms can be downloaded at We have one intake per year, in September. For the intake of September 2021, there are two recruitment sessions: one in February (deadline is the end of January 2021) and another in May (deadline is the end of April 2021). Please send the application package by email to