PhD Candidates in Finance

Job Description & Qualification

PhD specialization in Finance

The PhD specialization in Finance prepares candidates for careers in the world’s leading academic institutions, research-oriented international and national organizations, and the industry. Job market candidates from the department have found employment at premier universities, including London Business School, Tilburg University, University of Melbourne, and NOVA University Lisbon. Local placements in Norway include the Norwegian School of Economics, Financial Supervisory Authority, Boston Consulting Group, and Storebrand Asset Management.

The four-year program offers rigorous training for candidates with strong analytical skills and intellectual curiosity. It follows a standard structure in place at all comparable programs around the world. The first year is devoted to course work that covers all the major fields in Finance and core topics in Economics relevant for a Finance PhD. These courses are mainly taught by BI faculty. The candidates can also take specialized courses and participate in doctoral workshops through the Nordic Finance Network.

The second year of the program sees candidates transitioning to research work. The candidates will work towards the doctoral dissertation that is typically a collection of three research articles. Research work is done in close co-operation with the supervisor and other faculty members from the department. Projects joint with faculty members often involve collaborators from other research institutions. Candidates also participate in weekly research seminars with international scholars and present their research work at departmental workshops. The research environment is supportive and PhD candidates take actively part in all the social life at the department.

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Application Procedure

Application timeline and submission rules

The application and its attached documents can be submitted only electronically. E-mail or hard copy applications will not be accepted. Kindly note that all documents need to have reached the Doctoral Administration by the deadline stated in this announcement to be considered. The only exception to this rule is candidates who are completing their Master’s degree in 2022 and do not have a final certificate when applying. You will not be able to revise your application once it has been submitted.

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Application deadline: 2 May 2022

If you have recently applied to our PhD Programme in Finance, you will not be considered again for this announcement.

About the Organization

BI Norwegian Business School is one of Europe's largest educational institutions, with over 20.000 students. As Norway's leading business school, BI builds on a unique tradition of combining academic rigour and professional relevance. Our programmes range from bachelor's to master's and PhD programmes. BI is also known for its many customized executive education programmes.

BI boasts some of Europe's leading academic departments within the fields of economics, finance, strategy, marketing, and management. As an employee at BI Norwegian Business School, you will meet exciting challenges in an engaging and international environment, with over 800 colleagues who continuously push the frontiers of knowledge.

Department of Finance

The department is committed to research at the highest international level. There are currently over 30 faculty members, and they represent about 20 nationalities. Faculty come from some of the world’s best institutions such as University of Chicago, Wharton, UCLA, Ohio State University, Carnegie Mellon, University of Southern California, London Business School, and London School of Economics.

Faculty members publish their research regularly in the top Finance and Economics journals. These publications have appeared in Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal Financial Economics, American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and Review of Economic Studies. The strong commitment to research has earned the department a top-10 rank in Europe based on research output in top-tier academic Finance journals.

The department runs an international weekly research seminar series in which academics from the world’s best research institutions present their work. These seminars and other visits by international researchers give PhD candidates an excellent opportunity to reflect and receive feedback on their own research. The department also regularly organizes conferences and workshops.

The department has access to all the commonly used international databases. Many faculty members also work with unique Norwegian micro data on firms and individuals obtained from official registers. The department hosts the Centre for Asset Pricing Research (CAPR) and the Centre for Corporate Governance Research (CCGR). These centers sponsor and support faculty research groups, conferences, and seminars.

Additional Information

Interviews and additional information

Candidates may, at a later stage, be asked to forward further information and/or be called in for an interview.

Information about the doctoral program and admission requirements can be obtained from the Doctoral Administration at BI Norwegian Business School. E-mail:

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Job ID

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