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For admissions in October/November 2021, the doctoral program “Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business” will accept up to seven new doctoral students. The application deadline is April 18, 2021.


The Membership in the doctoral program "Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business" offers a variety of opportunities for scientific and professional networking. Also, doctoral scholarships financed by the Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG) will be awarded. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend of 1,350 € and research allowance of 100 €. Further candidates will be assisted with applying for other   doctoral   scholarships,   for   examples   by   putting   them   forward for   doctoral scholarship by the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw).

The dissertation projects of applicants must fit to the thematic focus of the doctoral program and the research interests of the supervising professors. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the professors’ research interests on the program’s website:

Applicants’ dissertation topics can directly relate to one of the topics proposed by the supervising professors but are not limited to these topics.


An application comprises the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (in English, max. 1000 words)
  • Personal data sheet/CV (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 here.

Applicants should submit their application only via the online application portal.