In the doctoral program „Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business“, the WCGE will award one doctoral scholarship financed by the HaVo Foundation.


The Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (WCGE) hosts the international doctoral program “Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business” (ERL). The Membership in the doctoral program offers a variety of opportunities for scientific and professional networking. We are happy to announce that – in addition to the three doctoral scholarships financed by the Karl Schlecht Foundation – another scholarship will be awarded by the HaVo foundation.
The HaVo Foundation, based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, was established in 2008 by former heads of BASF Board of Management and Supervisory Board Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht and Eggert Voscherau. The purpose of the foundation is, among other things, to support the research work of highly talented students, doctoral candidates and post-docs in chemistry-related or medical fields, particularly in brain research. Therefore, the research projects of potential scholarship holders should have a focus on neuroscience. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend of 1,350 € and a research allowance of 100 €.

Thematic Focus of the Program and the Tendered Scholarship

Business, corporate, and leadership ethics make up the research areas of the doctoral program. In particular, this program focuses on the framework for entrepreneurial value creation for the good of people, society, and the environment, on the responsibilities placed on companies and the social trust in companies and their decision makers, and on good leadership. For further information, see:

One particularity of the HaVo scholarship is that the research proposal should relate to neuroscientific research. We do not expect the candidate to do neuroscientific studies, but the proposal must draw on findings from the fields of neuroethics and/or neuroeconomics. Examples include neuro-studies on moral judgment, trust, and cooperation.

The dissertation project of applicants must fit the thematic focus of the doctoral program, the tendered scholarship, and the research interests of the supervising professor:

Friede-Springer Endowed Chair of Business Ethics and Management Accounting

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg


An application comprises the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (in English, max. 1000 words)
  • Personal data sheet (in German or English)
  • Academic reference letter
  • Exposé of research idea (in German or English; max. 5000 words)
  • Copies of bachelor´s, master’s, magister and/or diploma certificates (or a provisional certificate) with all individual grades that are relevant for the examination and final grade
  • Internship and employment certificates (if applicable)
  • Certification / proof of voluntary work (if applicable)

Further information about the conditions of entry, the selection criteria of the doctoral program, the award criteria of the scholarship, and the application procedure can be found on here.

The call for applications can be found here.

Applicants should submit their application via the online application portal.

For information on the scholarships financed by the Karl Schlecht foundation or on a membership without a scholarship, see Call for Applications Doctoral Scholarships 2021