PhD Positions in Management (Full-time) with Full Funding for 5 Years of Studies

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INSEAD is one of the world's leading and largest business schools that offers students and participants a truly global educational experience. The school has campuses in Europe (Fontainebleau, France), Asia (Singapore) and Middle East (Abu Dhabi) and the San Francisco Hub for Innovation (USA), its first learning space in North America.

For the 2022 intake, INSEAD seeks 16-18 doctoral candidates in Management, specialising in Accounting, Decision Sciences, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, Strategy, and Technology and Operations Management.


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We are looking for bright potentials keen to pursue an exciting career in business academia as management professors in leading business schools worldwide. PhD prospects are full of curiosity about the world around them and constantly challenging the frontiers of management research to create new knowledge in the eight fields of specialisation that we offer. To learn more about why students choose the INSEAD PhD, please go to https://inse.ad/why-insead-phd.

Our standards are high but extremely broad. Successful applicants come from various backgrounds – nationalities, subject area, and level and type of research and professional experience. But what they have in common is their desire to pursue a lifelong academic career as management professors in top business schools globally.

We welcome applications coming from both management and non-management qualifications, either directly from undergraduate or masters degrees. Although research experience is not required, if a candidate has it, they are encouraged to state it in their application. Research experience can be in the form of dissertation work in their bachelor's or masters degrees, teaching or research assistantship or industry work such as a junior consultant in a consulting firm or a data analyst, to name a few.

Therefore, if you have a solid academic record, any level of research exposure, strong faculty recommendations, the desire to pursue unparalleled research, and a clear motivation to become a scholar in the field of business, you are poised to apply to the INSEAD PhD in Management.

Start of intake: mid-August 2022 (for pre-course work preparation)

Location of studies: Fontainebleau, France and Singapore

Study form: Full-time

Duration: 5 years (2 years of course work, followed by 3 years of dissertation)

Funding: Full funding for the first 5 years of studies given to ALL admitted students; includes tuition fee waiver, annual stipend, research and conference budget support, and health insurance coverage (https://inse.ad/phd-financing)  

Campus exchange: Compulsory between Fontainebleau, France and Singapore; an option for campus exchange with The Wharton School in the US, through the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance Exchange Programme


  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent, with or without masters
  • A GMAT or GRE score (less than 5 years old)
  • A TOEFL score (less than 2 years old); we automatically waive the TOEFL test if you have studied your degree exclusively in English and we do not accept the IELTS test in place of the TOEFL
  • E-copies of official academic transcripts and certificates; if these documents are not in English, an official third-party English translation is required
  • 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members
  • A statement of purpose (1,500 words essay)
  • Open one-way recorded interview
  • A fee of €50 per application
  • A live interview once successfully shortlisted


The PhD application is fully electronic, including uploading e-copies of supporting documents. The application portal opens in the first week of September 2021. To access the application platform, go to https://inse.ad/phd/admissions.  In the meantime, attend our recruitment events to get the latest updates on preparing a competitive application. Register at https://inse.ad/phd/events.


Preferred deadline: 15 December 2021, 23:59 CET

Last day of submission of the online application: 06 January 2022, 23:59 CET

Last day of submission of the open one-way recorded interview: 10 January 2022, 23:59 CET

*To convert to the local time in your area, please use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html


The PhD in Management is INSEAD's premier doctoral programme, designed to rigorously train students and develop and hone their skills to become management professors and secure top academic placements worldwide. Therefore, the programme seeks like-minded bright potentials passionate about research, whose primary objective is to pursue an exciting career as a business professor.

PhD students interact across INSEAD's fully integrated two campuses, Singapore and France and have access to world-class research resources, including the school's state-of-the-art behavioural lab in Paris and secure top academic placements worldwide upon graduation. Students also have access to the school's top calibre faculty experts and an international community of peers to conduct world-class research.

The INSEAD PhD is highly interdisciplinary across the eight specialisations offered. Its intimate size ensures critical faculty mentorship and research support. Unlike many other doctoral programmes, the INSEAD PhD seeks to admit research partners for its faculty, not research assistants.

As many leading universities seek to internationalise both curriculum and faculty, having an INSEAD PhD gives students a tremendous edge with its global format over most management schools. Our PhD graduates have secured top placements in leading business schools and academic institutions worldwide.

If you are keen to pursue an academic career in top business schools globally, applying to the INSEAD PhD in Management will give you a tremendous edge. It prepares you for an international career in business academia through its rigorous and intensive doctoral training.

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Ann.JULATON@insead.edu Senior Manager, Recruitment and Admissions, PhD Programme


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