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Take the first step in your Business & Management research career

PhD in Business and Management

If you want to become a leading scholar in your field, then the ABRI PhD program in Business and Management is the right choice for you.

Each year in Fall, ABRI invites candidates to apply for fully funded PhD positions that will begin in the subsequent academic year. The application deadline is early January. Applications will be reviewed in January, and short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews in February. Applicants will be informed about admission decisions at the beginning of March.

Besides these annual recruitment rounds, ABRI frequently announces additional PhD vacancies. The application deadlines for such PhD positions, which are typically funded by research projects, are specified in each vacancy. 

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should have a university master’s degree with excellent grades in business, economics, or related disciplines like psychology, sociology, industrial engineering, applied mathematics, etc. Candidates with a master’s degree from a university of applied sciences are not eligible.
  • We expect candidates to show a proactive research orientation.
  • Candidates should be proficient in written and spoken English (IELTS: 7.0, TOEFL: 100). 
  • Candidates are expected to apply with a research statement outlining their research interest, the plans for their research project, and how these fit within the ABRI track they desire to apply for. 

How to apply for this PhD?

All applications need to be submitted online. Application to the full-time PhD will open in October. 

Applicants will be required to provide the following documents:

  • A CV in English, including all personal data
  • A copy (certified) of all academic diplomas in the original language, as well as a translation of the diplomas in English or Dutch
  • A copy (certified) of all academic transcripts in the original language, as well as a translation of the diplomas in English or Dutch
  • A statement of purpose explaining why you intend to pursue a PhD at ABRI
  • A research statement outlining your research interests and ambitions for your PhD projects
  • Contact details of two academic references who are willing to provide ABRI with a letter of recommendation
  • A copy of the English language certification, attesting you excellent command of written and spoken English, certified by an official English language test IELTS or TOEFL, or a diploma from an English taught programme

Practical Information

  • Registration Deadline

    The registration deadline to apply for the PhD position is January 5, 2024.

    For applications please click here.  

  • Tuition Fees

    The tuition fee is €7,500 for the complete program for parttime external PhD candidates: €2,500 per year for the 1st and 2nd year, and €1,250 per year for the 3rd and 4th year; and €20,000 for the complete program for fulltime external (scholarship) PhD candidates.

    PhD candidates appointed for a fully funded PhD position will be employed at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In addition to receiving a salary and benefits according to the Collective Labor Agreement of Dutch Universities, ABRI will waive all tuition fees.

  • Duration

    The ABRI PhD in Business and Management is designed as a four-year program.

  • Time Investment

    The ABRI PhD program requires a full-time commitment to complete the required course work and to prepare, execute and write up the findings of the research projects that will form your dissertation.

  • Starting Date

    The next cohort of the ABRI PhD program in Business and Management starts in September 2024.

  • Language

    The PhD programme is entirely taught in English

  • More Information

    For general questions on the programme and on the registration procedure, please contact the ABRI Director of Doctoral Education

    Dr. Maria Tims

    For research-related questions, also feel free to contact the Academic Director of ABRI

    Dr. Philipp Tuertscher

Would you like a word of advice?

Please contact the ABRI Director of Doctoral Education Dr. Maria Tims.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
School of Business and Economics Executive Education
De Boelelaan 1105

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  • Prof. dr. Philipp Tuertscher
  • Full Professor Collaborative Innovation
  • Scientific Director ABRI
Philipp Tuertscher
  • Prof. dr. Maria Tims
  • Full Professor
  • Director Doctoral Education ABRI
Maria Tims