PhD in Management and Economics

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
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Phd programs

Applicant Types

Individuals, Graduate Students, Early Career (PhD / Postdoc), Mid-Career/Experienced (PI)

Management and Economics

Our ambition is to offer a PhD program that leverages the specific strengths of our University and international Faculty, and provides talented and motivated students with a high-quality education and research environment that best serves their career aspirations.

Course description

Our 4-year full-time PhD programme combines methodical and theoretical courses with additional individualized training as recommended by the supervisor depending on the specific research interests and objectives of the PhD student. Topic-specific individual tutoring and mentoring, as well as funding for research stays abroad are special components of our programme.

PhD students will be introduced to specific research areas of the faculty, including Organizational and Institutional Outliers, Economic Policy Analysis and Financial Markets and Regulation, and have the opportunity to be engaged in corresponding research projects. Our international faculty provides a variety of research opportunities, examples are outlined in the attached research fields.

At a glance

Courses will be taught in English4 to 6 month stays at international universitiesPlaces available: 9 with scholarship + 2 without scholarshipCampus: Bozen-Bolzano

Course structure

The first year of the programme is devoted to imparting basic knowledge of methods and theories in the field of management and economics to develop a common skillset among our Phd students regardless to their background. Students are encouraged to explore different research approaches and questions before specializing.

By the end of the second year, the programme provides students with necessary skills, competencies, and tools to successfully conduct theory-based empirical research in different fields and with opportunities to build their own scientific network through attending international conferences and summer schools, and visiting other universities.

Although we encourage PhD students to start writing scientific papers from the beginning, the second half of the programme is primarily dedicated to completing a dissertation through writinghigh quality research papers targeted for publication in renowned peer-reviewed journals.

The dissertation is expected to be of a cumulative nature, i.e. a collection of scientific papers with a comprehensive introduction and conclusion that highlight the research objectives and the findings. Monographs are not accepted. 

See a breakdown of the course structure.

International Research Collaborations

Not only that our faculty members have close networks within their specific research area of the scientific community, which cannot been exhaustively listed here, we are proud to have won the following internationally reputed colleagues for our PhD committee:

Among others our faculty members have established partnerships with colleagues, research groups, and institutes for instance from: Bocconi University, Centre for Family Business at Lancaster University, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Institut d’Economia de Barcelona (IEB), IZA - Institute of Labor Economics (Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit), George Washington University, Imperial College Business School, Lee Kong Chian School of Business – Singapore Management University, Monash University, NYU – Stern Business School, Princeton University, TU München, University of Warwick, WU Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien.

These and many more contacts will provide our PhD students with many opportunities to pursue their research interests, to develop and maintain important own networks, and experience the life of a young scholar on a truly international level. Last but not least it will help them tremendously with starting a successful academic career.

Visiting PhD students and sabbatical stay


Student Representative in the Lecturer's Committee: Peter Trümmel


We not only seek highly talented, international applicants with an outstanding performance record, but personalities in every respect, who are motivated, self-disciplined, and who possess a high degree of social skills and a sense of responsibility. Among others you will have to demonstrate competence in the English language with a recognized language certificate and be successful in a public competition (see call of 2019 below).

You will be required to take part in a public recruitment competition (see call in due time). Admissible applicants should possess or need to complete their master, a second cycle degree, or an equivalent foreign title with honours preferably in Economics and/or Business Administration or related fields. Please find the tentative description of our selection process and criteria for the 2020 intakehere.

Successful applicants will be expected toreside in South Tyrol during the 4-year period of the PhD scholarship and to contribute actively to our international research environment.

You will also have to demonstrate competence in the English language with a recognized language certificate and be successful in a public competition (see call of 2020 below).

Application: from 25 May to 13 July 2020

With any further question please contact us by phone at +39 0471 012800 or send us an e-mail:

Admission interview

Visiting PhD students and sabbatical stay

The Faculty of Economics and Management may accept PhD students from other universities who would like to unibz to undertake a short period of research (i.e. up to four months). We ask for your understanding that we are not able to accept all students who make an application to visit the Faculty and therefore need to be selective based upon qualifications and mutual fit of the research interests.

To facilitate your application and ensure we can manage our limited resources effectively, prospective visiting PhD researchers need to find and contact a faculty member, who is working in the same research area and willing to host the applicant. The host will forward the complete application (CV; purpose and research objective of the stay; topic of a research seminar to be provided at the beginning of the visit) together with a recommendation for approval to the PhD programme committee.

In preparation for your visit with us, the Faculty of Economics and Management is unable to provide access to Italy or any other secure data to visitors or visiting students. If you require this service, please contact your home institute, as they will be required to provide such access. The faculty also recommends you to bring your own laptop with the software you need.

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Posted on:


Phd programs

Applicant Types

Individuals, Graduate Students, Early Career (PhD / Postdoc), Mid-Career/Experienced (PI)


Bolzano , Italy