Doctoral Studies at the Estonian Business School

EBS Doctoral Programme in Management is a unique, highly individualised double-track PhD programme, which focuses on real-world impact. Doctoral candidates are offered a choice between a classical academic research track and a NEW experimental applied track.

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Application deadline:

  • EU & et*: August 1st, 2024
    *inc. USA, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and countries who do not need a visa to enter Estonia

  • Non-EU: May 1st, 2024

Aims to dramatically bridge the gap between academic and business activities, increase the relevance of research in real world settings as well as provide students with a practical „beyond research“ tool-box for implementing their ideas in practice. Focuses on applied and experimental research, seeking to create a two-way interaction between business and academia within a comprehensive support ecosystem.
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Aims to broaden our understanding of the world by giving deep knowledge of organisational theories and society while developing critical and analytical thinking and research skills. Focuses on the research of business, public and civil society organisations offering a comprehensive perspective on management and organisation studies.
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The EBS doctoral programme has three different student profiles:

  • Individual PhD student

PhD students concentrating only on their studies and research are called individual or independent PhD students. The requirements for enrolment as an individual student are the same as for junior research fellows, meaning you have to apply for a vacant PhD position.

Independent students have no additional teaching obligation, but they must pass the teaching internship which is a mandatory part in the curriculum. As an independent student, you do not have to apply for a vacant PhD position. You can, therefore, choose any research topic within the EBS research field.

  • Visiting PhD student

PhD students from other institutions, who wish to spend a period of study at EBS, should contact the department they wish to visit. Individual agreements may be made on supervision, participation in courses and a workplace between the student and the department.

  • Junior Research Fellow

The junior research fellow will work in a research group with a specific research topic. These positions are financed either by EBS or external funding (or in a combination of both). The junior research fellow is thus employed by EBS but is also a student at EBS being enrolled in the PhD programme.

As an employee, a junior research fellow is provided with a workplace and a salary, and as a student, teaching and supervision. This scholarship and position include an obligation to contribute to teaching at EBS. The duration of the employment is four years according to the nominal PhD study period. Junior research fellow positions are limited and offered to exceptional PhD candidates with a similar vision to fit the EBS academic faculty.


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