PhD Program and Scholarships at SKEMA Business School


Ph.D. Program in Finance and Accounting
Several Ph.D. Scholarships Available

PhD Program and Scholarships at SKEMA Business School

SKEMA Business School welcomes applications to its Ph.D. program in Finance and Accounting.

ABOUT THE PhD PROGRAM: The PhD in Finance and Accounting at SKEMA is a selective, four-year, full-time program. It forms part of the research activities of the FAIRR Research Center in finance and accounting. It is designed to provide doctoral students with a solid education in areas needed to carry out cutting-edge research. Students take advanced courses designed to help them do theoretical and empirical research in corporate finance. The program further offers seminars, reading programs and research workshops. All the courses and seminars are held in English. Our seminar program is very rich and will enable students to meet top researchers from around the world. Successful graduates will receive a Ph.D. degree from SKEMA Business School and a French state doctoral degree from the Université Côte d'Azur.

Preference will be given to qualified applicants with research interests that fit best with the research interests of the FAIRR Research Center. Currently available supervisors include Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes (corporate governance, law and finance), Armin Schwienbacher (entrepreneurial finance, crowdfunding, fintech, venture capital), Helen Bollaert (behavioral corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions), and Roland Königsgruber (financial accounting, accounting regulation).

Most students are supported by a combination of scholarships and appointments as teaching and research assistants. Scholarships are available to outstanding candidates. The financial support is sufficient to cover living expenses. We also provide financial support for conference presentations.

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 and students are expected to be on the campus on a regular basis. However, short visiting stays of up to 6 months in another research institution are encouraged.

More information on the program is available at:

ABOUT OUR DEPARTMENT AND RESEARCH CENTER IN FINANCE & ACCOUNTING: The selected candidates will be part of the FAIRR Research Center in Finance and Accounting that is dedicated to promoting top level research. The main research center’s fields of expertise include:
- Corporate Finance
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Corporate Governance
- Financial Intermediation
- Financial Accounting
- Financial and Accounting Regulation

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

ABOUT SKEMA: SKEMA Business School is an EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA -accredited academic institution. SKEMA is one of Europe’s fastest growing business schools. It currently operates on three continents with campuses in France (Sophia Antipolis, Lille and Paris), China (Suzhou), Brazil (Belo Horizonte) and the US (Raleigh – NC State campus).

The school offers a wide range of management & business programs, taught in English and in French, at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels, as well as Executive Education. More than 8500 students are currently enrolled in the school’s programs worldwide. SKEMA is positioning itself as the leadership school, training the pioneer knowledge economy decision-makers throughout the world.
The faculty at SKEMA comprises 160 professors. The expertise of our faculty enables us to provide educational programs which reflect the opportunities and challenges of the global economic environment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application forms are available at:

Deadline for sending applications is end of May 2019 for intake in September 2019. Please send the complete application package by email to: Decisions are made early June by a formal Selection Committee.
For more information, please contact Rafael Matta, the Director of the PhD Program ( or visit our website.