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The Vienna Graduate School in Finance (VGSF) invites students to apply for the PhD program in Finance to start in September 2018. Our school is a joint partnership of three institutions: the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), the University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna).

The PhD program is a 5-year, full-time program structured into coursework and research. The aim of the coursework is to train students to develop innovative research in finance. The program includes weekly research seminars at which renowned researchers present their latest work. VGSF students are fully funded. They are employed by the University of Vienna or by WU Vienna and exempt from tuition fees.

Opening: November 2, 2017 (02:00pm CET).
Closing: January 31, 2018 (02:00pm CET).
VGSF faculty evaluates all complete applications received by December 08, 2017 (02:00pm CET) and makes a first round of admission offers. A second round of offers will be made after the application deadline.

The VGSF invites applications by well-qualified students with a Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in finance, economics, statistics, mathematics, or related disciplines. Students graduating in June 2018 are also welcome to apply.
Applicants need to provide the following documents:
  • curriculum vitae
  • self-statement of purpose
  • all degree certificates
  • all official transcripts
  • proof of aptitude (GRE or GMAT)
  • proof of English competence (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)
  • reference letters

Candidates should send their application using our online tool. Detailed information is available at

Closing date: 02.11.2017
Closing date: 2 November 2017 Published on on date 5 October 2017
In your application, please refer to